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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

by Oscar Wilde

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An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.
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    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (chrisharpe)
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    The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (sturlington, Morteana)
    sturlington: Read Oscar Wilde at his finest.
    Morteana: Dorian Grey is Wilde in his darkest of moods, but Earnest is one of his lightest.
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    The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings [Bantam Classics] by Edgar Allan Poe (WSB7)
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    Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (roby72)
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    Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans (roby72, Zeeko, JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Wie in Wikipedia zu 'Gegen den Strich' beschrieben: "Ein französischer Roman, der den Protagonisten in Oscar Wildes Roman Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray zu dekadenten Ausschweifungen inspiriert, wird häufig als Anspielung auf À rebours gedeutet. Wilde war - wie auch Stéphane Mallarmé - ein Bewunderer des Romans."… (more)
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    The Stranger by Albert Camus (SanctiSpiritus)
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    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind (spiphany)
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    The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde by Neil McKenna (unknown_zoso05)
    unknown_zoso05: McKenna touches upon what influenced Wilde to write "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
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    Oscar Wilde: A Certain Genius by Barbara Belford (veracity)
    veracity: Belford discusses both editions of Dorian Gray.
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    The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill (OneMorePage)
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    The Wild Ass's Skin by Honoré de Balzac (Lapsus_Linguae)
    Lapsus_Linguae: Both novels use fantastic elements and focus on the depiction of moral degradation of the main heroes.
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    Shadow Dance by Angela Carter (rbtanger)
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    A fehér tigris by Ervin Lázár (Lucy_Skywalker)
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    Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin (TheLittlePhrase)
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    Picture of Evil by Graham Masterton (Scottneumann)
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    Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello (SandSing7)
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    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (chrisharpe)
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    Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber (Joles)
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    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: Heart of Darkness could be paired with Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray or the strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyse by Robert Louis Stevenson. In all three novels the authors depict the struggle of people against the forces of evil.

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Dorian Gray, a young Narcissus, has everything he desires; he has wealth, power, and friends who want to be in his company. After a friend paints his portrait, he bemoans the fact that his painting will always display a youthful visage while he will age.

"I'm am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose?"

Unaware of what he is doing, Dorian makes a Faustian pact:

"If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that--for that--I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!"

When he falls for a young ingenue actress and she for him, but later spurns her affections and breaks off an unpending marriage, he notice a slight change in his portrait. Is he imagining the alteration?

For those who are familiar with the story, you know a change in the painting has occurred and with each subsequent sin, it continues to transmorgrify.

Although works of literature considered classics don't always hold the test of time in my humble opinion, this short literary classic was easily readable. Oscar Wilde's prose captured and entranced me as I turned pages to read about the continued degredation of the narrator. ( )
  John_Warner | Apr 30, 2021 |
Art(ifice) does not create a new world within oneself; it creates a new chaos. ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
Very witty! ( )
  RupertOwen | Apr 27, 2021 |
4.75

I very much enjoyed this story. I practically read it in one sitting. I loved the style and it was very engaging. The vocabulary was great, I particularly liked how often the author used the word “myriad” as it is one of my favourite words. I disagreed with a few of the social opinions expressed in this novel, but it was written over 100 years ago. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
on El Retrato de Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde incursiona por primera vez en el género de la novela. Su prosa refinada, irónica, abundante en cuentos, ensayos, poemas y comedias dramáticas, sintetiza en esta obra su singular dandismo y el sentido estético de su personalidad. Para Wilde la esencia del arte es la belleza, y lo expresa lúcidamente en el prefacio del libro cuando dice que «el artista es el creador de cosas bellas. Revelar el arte y ocultar al artista es la finalidad del arte».

En este maravilloso relato, agudo y siniestro el curso de la naturaleza humana es implacable como el tiempo, e ir contra ellos puede costar la vida. El tema de encontrar la eterna juventud a cambio de ceder el alma al diablo, o al espíritu del mal, lo hallamos también en Fausto de Goethe. ( )
  Sissi_tamayo | Apr 2, 2021 |
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The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amid the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink flowering thorn.
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'Your rank and wealth, Harry; my brains, such as they are—my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks—we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly.'
'Harry,' said Basil Hallward, looking him straight in the face, 'every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.'
He played with the idea and grew willful; tossed it into the air and transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy and winged it with paradox. The praise of folly, as he went on, soared into a philosophy, and Philosophy herself became young, and catching the mad music of pleasure, wearing, one might fancy, her wine-stained robe and wreath of ivy, danced like a Bacchante over the hills of life, and mocked the slow Silenus for being sober. Facts fled before her like frightened forest things. Her white feet trod the huge press at which wise Omar sits, till the seething grape-juice rose round her bare limbs in waves of purple bubbles, or crawled in red foam over the vat's black, dripping, sloping sides. It was an extraordinary improvisation. He felt that the eyes of Dorian Gray were fixed on him, and the consciousness that amongst his audience there was one whose temperament he wished to fascinate seemed to give his wit keenness and to lend colour to his imagination. He was brilliant, fantastic, irresponsible. He charmed his listeners out of themselves, and they followed his pipe, laughing. Dorian Gray never took his gaze off him, but sat like one under a spell, smiles chasing each other over his lips and wonder growing grave in his darkening eyes.
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An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.

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Dorian Gray, un giovane di straordinaria bellezza, si è fatto fare un ritratto da un pittore. Ossessionato dalla paura della vecchiaia, ottiene, con un sortilegio, che ogni segno che il tempo dovrebbe lasciare sul suo viso, compaia invece solo sul ritratto. Avido di piacere, si abbandona agli eccessi più sfrenati, mantenendo intatta la freschezza e la perfezione del suo viso. Poiché Hallward, il pittore, gli rimprovera tanta vergogna, lo uccide. A questo punto il ritratto diventa per Dorian un atto d'accusa e in un impeto di disperazione lo squarcia con una pugnalata. Ma è lui a cadere morto: il ritratto torna a raffigurare il giovane bello e puro di un tempo e a terra giace un vecchio segnato dal vizio.
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Miroir, oh, miroir.
Dis-moi qui est le plus beau!
Je sais le plus laid.
L'âme en ce portrait. Miroir d'hier et du jour. Choc et élégance.

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