The Picture of Dorian Grey (Paperback)

Author: Wilde, Oscar

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview

*Author: Wilde, Oscar/ Mighall, Robert *Publication Date: 2003/02/01 *Number of Pages: 304 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00

Specifications

Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780141439570
SKU 31077970
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0141439572
Release Date 2/1/2003
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Author Info
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was one of the paradigmatic figures of the late Victorian age. He was the second son of William Robert Wills Wilde, a surgeon and the author of medical texts, and the former Jane Francesca Elgee, a poet and novelist. His early education was at the Portora School at Enniskillen, Ireland, and at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1878 he received a bachelor's degree with first-class honors from Magdalen College, Oxford. Wilde went to London after leaving Oxford, and his first volume of poems was published in 1881; by that time he had acquired a reputation as one of the best conversationalists in England. Wilde went on a lecture tour of the United States in 1882, which further enhanced his reputation as a great wit, and as one of the primary aesthetes of the age. He said that he was dedicated to the principle of "art for art's sake," and did all he could to live up to that image. He became as famous for his bons mots at dinner parties as for his published writing, and his example inspired a generation of aspiring artists. In 1884, Wilde married Constance Mary Lloyd; they had three children together before her death in 1898. He published THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES, a collection of fairy stories he wrote to amuse his children, in 1888. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY his only novel, appeared in 1890; the reaction was controversial, with many critics admiring it but others proclaiming it immoral. A string of successful plays followed in the early 1890s, among them THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, which is often regarded as his masterpiece. The exception to Wilde's succession of theatrical successes was SALOME, which was denied a performance license because of its hedonistic depiction of Biblical characters. In 1895, Wilde was publicly called a "sodomite" by the Marquess of Queensberry, who had been trying unsuccessfully to end the relationship between Wilde and the Marquess's son, Lord Alfred Douglas. Against the advice of his friends, Wilde sued Queensberry for libel. Wilde lost the case, and as a result of evidence presented at that trial, he was arrested and tried for homosexuality (a crime in Britain until well into the 20th century). The first jury could not reach a verdict, but a second trial produced a guilty verdict and Wilde was sentenced to two years' hard labor. Much of his term was spent at Reading Gaol, which was to give its name to his final work, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". Upon his release from prison in 1897, Wilde went to live on the Continent under an assumed name. He died in Paris three and a half years later, in utter poverty. His persecution no doubt led to his early death--an enormous loss to the world of literature. He was buried in a pauper's grave, though his remains were eventually transferred to P?re-Lachaise, where his tombstone quotes from "The Ballad of Reading Gaol": "And alien tears will fill for him/Pity's long broken urn/For his mourners will be outcast men/And outcasts always mourn." Wilde continues to be among the most beloved and widely read writers in the world.
Praise
"He is not one of those writers who as the centuries change lose their relevance. Wilde is one of us. His wit is an agent of renewal as pertinent now as a hundred years ago."
"...[a] tale spawned from the leprous literature of the French decadents--a poisonous book, the atmosphere of which is heavy with the mephitic odours of moral and spiritual putrefaction."
"It is poisonous if you like; but you cannot deny that it is also perfect, and perfection is what we artists aim at."
From the Publisher
Annotation Oscar Wilde's classic work is about a man who sells his soul for eternal youth: only his portrait ages, while he remains forever handsome and young. Wilde's allegory, first published in 1890, provides an interesting take on the Faust myth and also a probing examination of human values. Wilde himself described it as the story of "an idea that is old in the history of literature, but to which I have given new form." He was shocked and angered by the response to it by the English press, which considered the novel decadent, corrupting, and--worst of all--French-influenced.
First Line The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.
Product Attributes
eBooks Kobo
Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0252
Publisher Penguin Books

More Buying Options

Seller Infomation Price & Shipping  
Buy.com
$6.17 + $2.90 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns

Usually Ships within 1 business day
Add to Cart
Books2AnywhereUS $9.93 + free shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock
New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
Synergy Data Inc $16.17 + $1.50 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock

Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
loading
$6.17 + $2.90 shipping
$9.00 You save $2.83 (31%)
Earn 7 ($0.07) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Format: Paperback
Condition: Brand New
In Stock. Usually Ships within 1 business day
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

Sold By:  Buy.com
For Books, Music, Movies & TV place over $40 (before tax and shipping charges) of eligible products in your shopping basket. Not valid with marketplace products, other restrictions apply.
ADVERTISEMENT
Promotions & Offers (1)
  •  custom promo
    5% Back Sitewide with Promo Code REWARDME at Checkout - Ends 8/31/15 *See page for details
Buy From Other Sellers (3)
kobo
  • Take your library with you wherever you go
  • Use the device you want to use… smartphone, desktop and many of today’s most popular eReaders

WHY KOBO?

We love the Kobo eReading service… and we know you will too. We’ve partnered with them to bring you the most flexible, enjoyable eReading experience in the U.S.

SHOPPING ON KOBO

You’ll be asked to sign in or create a new account with Kobo. Once you do, you’ll immediately get access to millions of titles and be ready to start eReading. Anytime. Anyplace.

continue to kobo
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT