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The Picture of Dorian Gray [adaptation -…

The Picture of Dorian Gray [adaptation - Marvel Illustrated] (2008)

by Oscar Wilde

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"Painter Basil Hallward has done a portrait of a strange subject-youthful Dorian Gray, a man with a mysterious and tangled history. The young man broods on how unfair it is that he will age and his portrait will remain ever young. He wishes with all his might that it were otherwise-and in some bizarre, magical way-it is!" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)



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This is part of the Marvel Illustrated series of classics retold in graphic versions. Lest you worry, this is from Thomas' introduction:
Since our aim was to tell Wilde's story, in the author's own words wherever possible, I was loath to put words into the mouths of his characters.
I think that Thomas definitely did a great job of this. Wilde's humor and cynicism shows through on every page and Fiumara's skilled and reserved illustrations are a fantastic companion. And yet, this is still a graphic novel and I had to chuckle when seeing such things as "BLAMM" and "SHUNK" in the middle of Wilde's story. I think this would be a good introduction to the story for someone that is a bit wary of Victorian language. It contains a four page glossary at the back of possibly unfamiliar words like brougham and pomander. It is also lacking in Wilde's long passages of philosophy which might appeal to some readers wanting to just explore the plot of the story. This (and others in the Marvel Illustrated series) might even be a good start for someone wanting to explore graphic novels but who is not sure how to make the leap from standard literature without landing in comic book territory.

http://webereading.com/2010/09/rip-read-2-and-rip-film-1-dorian-gray.html ( )
  klpm | Sep 9, 2010 |
Wilde's late 19th century cautionary tale of the debauchery of dandified gentlemen has been beautifully adapted by Thomas and Fiumara. ( )
  kivarson | Jun 20, 2010 |
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The studio of Basil Hallward was filled with the rich odor of roses...
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This is the Marvel Illustrated graphic novel adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, not the original work.
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