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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

by Oscar Wilde

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A beautiful young man, Dorian Gray, sits for a portrait. In the garden of the artist's house he falls into conversation with Lord Wotton, who convinces him that only beauty is worth pursuing. Gray wishes that his portrait, and not himself, might age and show the effects of time. His wish comes true, and wild, hedonistic pursuits horribly disfigure the portrait. This Faustian story caused much controversy when it was first published, as it discusses decadent art and culture, and homosexuality. It is now considered one of the great pieces of modern Western literature.

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 Fine Press Forum: Lyra's Books- The Picture of Dorian Gray589 unread / 589supercell, January 2023
 Fine Press Forum: Amaranthine Books — The Picture of Dorian Gray71 unread / 71Shadekeep, May 2022
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: Influence6 unread / 6cpg, March 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: Discussion topics?43 unread / 43LoisB, March 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: Favorite one-liners?25 unread / 25dltucker, February 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: The Ending19 unread / 19LenitaSheridan, February 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: Dorian = Faust?3 unread / 3TheoClarke, February 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: First impressions58 unread / 58Devanna, February 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: Homoerotic subtext20 unread / 20LolaWalser, February 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: How does Dorian stack up against Wilde's other work?5 unread / 5LenitaSheridan, February 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: Characters6 unread / 6musecure, February 2014
 One LibraryThing, One Book: Dorian Gray: Links2 unread / 2lorannen, February 2014
 Book talk: The only novel of Oscar Wilde deserves your attention!1 unread / 1leccol, October 2013
 1001 Books to read before you die: 1001 Group Read: October, 2011: The Picture of Dorian Gray10 unread / 10dste, October 2011
 The Green Dragon: BOOK DISCUSSION: The Picture of Dorian Gray Caution Contains Spoilers14 unread / 14MrAndrew, October 2009

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4.5

It’s like having a conversation with Wilde about beauty, youth, society and all things debaucherous. ( )
  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
Ach herrje, was ein langweiliges und mit unwichtigen Details vollgestopftes Buch.
Zum Glück sind die diversen Verfilmungen um einiges besser. Die wirkliche Tragik der Prota kommt nicht wirklich rüber beim Hörbuch.

Vielleicht versuch ich mich irgendwann noch einmal an einer Printausgabe. ( )
  RoXXieSiXX | May 20, 2024 |
I really liked The Picture of Dorian Gray, and I thought it was extremely well written, but for a few reasons I can't call it something that I really liked. For one reason, I find a lot of the characters to be fairly weak and unconvincing, aside from Dorian himself. Lord Henry spends most of the time in the book being cynical, philosophical and a bit sexist. Basil spends his time being depressed about Dorian. And all the other characters either adore Dorian or have absolutely no spine against him. Of course it's fiction, and one can do anything with fiction, but it just seemed really unconvincing and fake how none of the characters seemed resistant to Dorian's influence. Another reason for my mild dislike of this book, is that I found that Dorian was the only character that seemed to have any action or progress in the story, besides sitting around, being posh, and discussing philosophy. Philosophy can be interesting, but the book takes up so much time with it that it's forever before some rising action takes place. On the other hand, the story comes out with some strong morals about vanity, and as I mentioned, it's excellently written. ( )
  escapinginpaper | May 18, 2024 |
Lord Henry is as flippant about promoting evil and falsehood as Ernest is in [b:The Importance of Being Ernest|35628688|The Importance of Being Ernest (Illustrated)|Oscar Wilde|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1499615560l/35628688._SY75_.jpg|649216], also by Oscar Wilde.

After Dorian rejected Sybil, I stopped reading for a few months. The drama was a bit too much for me. I didn’t want to read a long recitation of evil deeds.

'Society--civilized society, at least-- is never very ready to believe anything to the detriment of those who are both rich and fascinating. It feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than morals, and, in its opinion, the highest respectability is of much less value than the possession of a good chef. '

I read this in the collection: [b:50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol: 1|55935455|50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die Vol 1 (2021 Edition)|Dante Alighieri|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1605747626l/55935455._SY75_.jpg|87146816] ( )
  bread2u | May 15, 2024 |
DNF at 20%. Bored out of my mind. ( )
  ilkjen | May 8, 2024 |
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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.
[Preface] The artist is the creator of beautiful things.
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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.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. HTML:

A beautiful young man, Dorian Gray, sits for a portrait. In the garden of the artist's house he falls into conversation with Lord Wotton, who convinces him that only beauty is worth pursuing. Gray wishes that his portrait, and not himself, might age and show the effects of time. His wish comes true, and wild, hedonistic pursuits horribly disfigure the portrait. This Faustian story caused much controversy when it was first published, as it discusses decadent art and culture, and homosexuality. It is now considered one of the great pieces of modern Western literature.

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Wilde’s only novel, first published in 1890, is a brilliantly designed puzzle, intended to tease conventional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art, life and consequence. From its provocative Preface, challenging the reader to belief in ‘art for art’s sake’, to its sensational conclusion, the story self-consciously experiments with the notion of sin as an element of design. Yet Wilde himself underestimated the consequences of his experiment, and its capacity to outrage the Victorian establishment. Its words returned to haunt him in his court appearances in 1895, and he later recalled the ‘note of doom’ which runs like ‘a purple thread’ through its carefully crafted prose.
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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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