The Picture of Dorian Gray

Broadview Press, 23.02.1998 - 280 Seiten

In Oscar Wilde’s famous novel, Dorian Gray is tempted by Henry Wotton to sell his soul in order to hold on to beauty and youth. Dorian succumbs and murders the portrait painter Basil Haliward, who stands between him and his goal. Though in the end vice is punished and virtue rewarded, the novel remains one of the most important expressions of fin de siècle decadence. It is in the preface to the expanded edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray that Wilde coined the most famous expression of his aesthetic: “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well-written or badly-written. That is all.”

Like other Broadview Editions, this edition includes a wide range of materials from the period that help to set the text in context. In particular, the editor locates the text both in relation to elements in the mainstream culture of the day (such as the aesthetes); and in relation to the gay subculture.


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The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the best books that I have ever had to read. It was assigned by my English class during the first summer session, and even though I have always heard good things ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Broadview Literary Texts)

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This Broadview edition includes Wilde's full text along with an introduction, a chronology of Wilde's life, and several appendixes. All that for $9.95 makes this a steal. Vollständige Rezension lesen


A Brief Chronology
The Picture of Dorian Gray
from Wildes The Decay of Lying 1889
Dorian Grays Name
The First Wilde Trial 1895
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Über den Autor (1998)

Norman Page, who has written numerous books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, has also edited The Mayor of Casterbridge for the Broadview Literary Texts series.

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