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Picture of Dorian GraySKU: 9780141442464 Supplier: Penguin Books Ltd
Author: Oscar Wilde
Format: Hardback | 252 pages
Dimensions: 139 x 207 x 30mm | 420g
Publication date: 6 Nov 2008
The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published as a serial in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, and the publishers thought it would so offend readers that they removed nearly 500 words without Wilde’s approval. Wilde soon expanded it and republished it as a novel, including a short preface justifying his art. Even though his contemporaries considered it so offensive that some argued for his prosecution, Dorian Gray today survives as a classic philosophical novel that explores themes of aestheticism and double lives. Couched in Wilde’s trademark cutting wit, Dorian Gray is still being adapted today, with Dorian and his moldering portrait remaining cultural touchstones.
Oscar Fingal O'Flaherty Wills Wilde was an English-Irish playwright, novelist, and poet. He took on writing in various styles during the eighties of the nineteenth century and became one of the most popular playwrights in London in the early nineties of the same century. Nowadays, he is known for his wise sayings, novels, and the conditions of his imprisonment, which were followed by his death at an early age.