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by Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde
ReadHowYouWant; Reprint edition (September 24, 2008)
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Home Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray. I hate them for it. An artist should create beautiful things, butshould put nothing of his own life into them.

Home Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray. The picture of dorian g. .The Picture of Dorian Gray, . We live in an age whenmen treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. Wehave lost the abstract sense of beauty. If I live, I will show theworld what it is; and for that reason the world shall never see myportrait of Dorian Gray. I think you are wrong, Basil, but I won't argue with you. It is onlythe intellectually lost who ever argue.

Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord . One of the most intriguing quotes I have seen from Oscar Wilde regarding this book is his comparison of himself to the three main characters.

Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be-in other ages, perhaps. He said that he wrote the three main characters as reflections of himself. Wilde said, Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks me: Dorian is what I would like to be-in other ages, perhaps.

When the book The Picture of Doran Gray was released it was censured by critics as being an immoral book. I actually found it to be to be a story of great moral character. In the book Oscar Wilde paints a vibrant portrait of unrestrained human nature. We are vividly shown the resulting consequences of such a life in the soul of the immediate person as well as their resulting influence in the lives of those around them. The great truth that we reap what we sow is revealed in a clear, and concise manner through this great philosophical, psychological thriller.

Books are well written, or badly written. Dorian Gray? Is that his name? asked Lord Henry, walking across the studio towards Basil Hallward.

Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray The Preface The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s ai. he critic is he who can translate into another manner or a newmaterial his impression of beautiful things. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

The content, style, and presentation of the preface made it famous in its own literary right, as social and cultural criticism. As literature of the 19th century, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an example of Gothic fiction with strong themes interpreted from the legendary Faust.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a Gothic and philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine.

Dorian Gray is a strikingly handsome young man whose beauty attracts a debauched aristocrat Sir Henry Wotton. Dorian's picture has been painted by a talented artist Basil Hallward and Sir Henry becomes desperate to meet Dorian, though Basil himself is against it. Sir Henry persuades Dorian to pose for a picture painted by Basil and during the painting sessions, Henry educates the young and impressionable Dorian about life. Sir Henry's vicious nature, his obsession with youth and his cynical, materialistic outlook on everything begin to slowly affect Dorian.

I’m glad I read the book, if only to further understand the story and what Oscar Wilde was getting a. Wilde is also a fascinating literary figure. The Picture of Dorian Gray was his only novel.

I’m glad I read the book, if only to further understand the story and what Oscar Wilde was getting at. For such a strange, eerie story, the themes of this book are universal: whether appearance reflects personality, whether aging is ugly, and what’s the right balance of pleasure and morality. It was first published in an American magazine in 1890, to a storm of critical protest for its decadence and implied homosexuality. Defiantly, Wilde responded to the criticism by expanding the story and had it published in book form in 1891.

The Picture of Dorian Gray. and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings. The Picture of Dorian Gray. It is better not to be different from one’s fellows. It is a silly habit, I dare say, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one’s life.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) is a gothic novel by Oscar Wilde about the concept of art for art's sake and homosexuality. An artist, Basil Hallward, paints a portrait of a handsome young man, Dorian, who follows the views of Lord Wotton regarding youth and beauty and decides to sell his soul. In the pursuit of beauty and the indulgence of sensual pleasures, Dorian remains youthful, but the painting reveals Dorian's moral corruption.
  • Gardataur
This was easily one of the best books I have ever read. This book was written over a century ago and still remains popular and insightful. Oscar Wilde’s perception of humanity is, in my opinion, spot on. Every word of this book has depth and meaning.
I absolutely despise Dorian Gray, but I am sure that was Wilde’s intention. How could you like a man that is so selfish, narcissistic, and obsessed with his own youth and beauty at the cost of all others around him? Dorian truly represents the ugliest that humanity has to offer, and I am happy that he pays for his sins in a fairly poetic nature.
To lighten the serious tones of this book is Lord Henry, easily my favorite character. Nearly every line he speaks is a life-quote and his character gives insight to Wilde’s own thoughts regarding the world and the people in the world. A few of my favorites:
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it & your soul grows sick with longing for things it has forbidden itself.”
“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.”

I liked this book so much that I want to re-read it immediately :).
  • Vudogal
I am getting very tired of ordering what I think are professionally prepared books and finding that they are print-on-demand works probably put together by one person that do not adhere to certain standards of the book industry.

In this case, the title refers to "other writings" but it does not seem to contain any other writings. In any case, it is hard to tell because there is no table of contents. Chapters do not begin on a new page but (to save money) a new chapter will begin anywhere on the page.

Sometimes there are smart quotes. Sometimes there are unformatted quotation marks.

Margins are very close to the edges of the pages, again to save money.

Most troubling, the original Bantam edition was about 450 pages; this edition is 190 pages.

So, I would recommend you go with a name brand publisher instead of ordering this version.

Why did I not give it one or two stars? Because I did not notice typos and the entire text of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" appears to be contained here, plus the front and back covers, which contain old portraits of the author, are attractive.
  • Rigiot
This is a ‘dark’ novel in the Gothic style, cleverly told with all the wit of Oscar Wilde. Artist Basil Hallward paints a full-size likeness of a new and admired young friend of his, a Mr. Dorian Gray. Amidst a flurry of clever, witty, philosophical repartee ongoing between Gray and (visitor to Hallward’s studio) Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian wistfully wishes to stay young and let his portrait age: “…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!” This becomes his ‘curse’.

The novel is full of the hedonist thoughts of Lord Henry which corrupt Gray to a life of debauchery. Wilde is quoted as saying, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks of me: Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

And, so this read will give, more than most novels, a glimpse at its author. This is a short and easily readable novel that acts as a platform to carry some serious philosophical opinions and observations of Lord Henry (Wilde?) - some of which are surely out of date in the 21st century. Here is an interesting musing from Lord Henry…

“Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one’s age. I consider that for any man of culture to accept the standard of his age is a form of the grossest immorality.” This read will illustrate that misogyny and anti-Semitism were a large part of the ‘standard’ of one’s age’ in ~1890 - so be willing to accept (hold your nose at) some of the author's observations and opinions, expressed through Lord Henry. But, even with its “warts”, it is a literary masterpiece and well worth a read!