Penguin Classics the Picture of Dorian Gray

4.05 avg rating
( 665,408 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780141192642: Penguin Classics the Picture of Dorian Gray

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succès de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife," Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden."

As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."

From the Publisher:

8 1-hour cassettes

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Wilde, Oscar
Published by Penguin Classics (2010)
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
smeikalbooks
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand new book. Fast shipping form our UK warehouse in eco-friendly packaging. Fast, efficient and friendly customer service. Bookseller Inventory # 9780141192642N

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 0.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.74
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Wilde, Oscar
Published by Penguin Classics
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics. Book Condition: New. 2010. Paperback. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: FC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 198 x 132 x 15. Weight in Grams: 196 242pp. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # 9780141192642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 5.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Oscar Wilde
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Quantity Available: 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801411926420000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 5.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Wilde, Oscar
Published by Penguin Classics (2010)
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2010. Book Condition: New. 2010. Paperback. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: FC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 198 x 132 x 15. Weight in Grams: 196 242pp. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # 9780141192642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 6.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Oscar Wilde
Published by Penguin Classics 2010-04-01 (2010)
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics 2010-04-01, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-BER-00027111

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 5.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Oscar Wilde
Published by Penguin Classics (2010)
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000199192

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 7.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 0.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Oscar Wilde
Published by Penguin Books Ltd 2010-04-01, London (2010)
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd 2010-04-01, London, 2010. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780141192642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 5.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Oscar Wilde
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Start At Page 1
(Emneth, WIsbech, NFK, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 6467

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 5.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 4.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Oscar Wilde
Published by Penguin Classics (2010)
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Softcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Classics, 2010. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9780141192642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 6.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.58
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Oscar Wilde
ISBN 10: 014119264X ISBN 13: 9780141192642
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST014119264X. Bookseller Inventory # ST014119264X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 10.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book