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Description - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Celebrated novel involves a handsome young Londoner who sinks into a life of depravity. His body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recent portrait reflects the ravages of his crime and sensuality. In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde's most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780486278070
ISBN-10: 0486278077
Format: Paperback / softback
(208mm x 10mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Dover Publications Inc.
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Oscar Wilde

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) remains best known for his comedies of the 1890s, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and for his tragic imprisonment and untimely death.

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