The Picture of Dorian Gray (Paperback)

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The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
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When you live your life as though it is art, but your life is lived immorally what does that make art? What does that make you? Dorian Gray is a must read classic with a fascinating core trio full of vanity, youth, and folly. For fans of gothic literature or someone looking for a quick and riveting classic, this is one for your shelves.

— Jacey A.

One of my all time favorites, the Picture of Dorian Gray is a real treat. It follows the moral degradation of a young man named Dorian as he falls into the hands of the devil himself. It is a winding tale that will never cease to shock me to my core, one that will never lose its significance.

— GiGi


An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland's greatest writers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray makes a Faustian bargain to sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian's picture bears the traces of his decadence.

A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780141439570
ISBN-10: 0141439572
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: February 4th, 2003
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics