The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Description

With an Introduction and Notes by John M.L. Drew, University of Buckingham. 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 believe 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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Details

Author(s)
Oscar Wilde, Dr. Keith Carabine, John M. L. Drew
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 12mm | 144g
Publication date
01 Aug 1997
Publisher
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publication City/Country
Herts, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1853260150
ISBN13
9781853260155
Bestsellers rank
1,267