The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides  Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral i...

Details The Picture of Dorian Gray

TitleThe Picture of Dorian Gray
Release DateJun 1st, 1998
PublisherRandom House: Modern Library
Number of pages254 pages
GenreClassics, Horror, Fantasy, Gothic, Novels, Literature, 19th Century, Classic Literature, European Literature, British Literature, Academic, School, Historical, Victorian

Reviews The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • Stephen
    Arguably literature's greatest study of shallowness, vanity, casual cruelty and hedonistic selfishness, Wilde lays it down here with ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!! This was my first experience in reading Oscar Wilde and the man’s gift for prose and dialogue is magical. This story read somewhat like a dark, corrupted Jane Austen in that the writing was snappy and pleasant on the ear, but the feeling it left you with was one of hopelessness and despair. T...
  • Paula
    This book reminded me why I hate classics.Like Frankenstein, it starts out with a great premise: what if a portrait bore the brunt of age and sin, while the person remained in the flush of youth? How would that person feel as they watched a constant reminder of their true nature develop? And like Frankenstein, it gets completely bogged down in uninteresting details and takes forever to get to the interesting bits. Seriously, in a 230-page novel, ...
  • Scoobs
    Oh Dorian. Oh Dorian.When I first read this book in the fruitless years of my youth I was excited, overwhelmed and a blank slate (as Dorian is, upon his first encounter with Lord Henry) easily molded, persuaded, influenced, etc.Certain Wildisms (Wildeisms?) would take my breath away. Would become my mottos to believe in. To follow. To live.Lines like:"It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and ...
  • Barry Pierce
    So I read all of Wilde's plays a couple of years ago but for some reason I never read this at the time. This is probably the number one most requested book for me to read. So I read it. Are ya happy now!? ARE YA!?I really rather enjoyed this. Well, obviously. I mean, did you honestly think I wasn't going to like The Picture of Dorian Gray? It's by Oscar Wilde for fuck's sake. His prose is like spilled honey flowing across a wooden table and water...
  • Emily May
    "The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul." And so begins this tale of art and sin. I would highly recommend first watching the movie Wilde starring the wonderful Stephen Fry, it is a film which takes the audience...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a hard book to review. After reading such eloquent, beautiful, and rich writing, I am at a loss for how to command my comparatively paltry ability to use words to express how I felt about this book.Forgive me as I go back to AP English for a few moments. I asked myself what were the themes of this novel. Here is my list:IdentityExperience BeautyThe triumph on senses over reasonAccountabilityI will attempt to build my...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    I finished reading this last night, and afterwards I spent an entire hour staring into space so I could contemplate over the majesty of this work. It left me speechless. This book is exquisite; it is an investigation into the human soul, the power of vanity and the problems of living a life with not a single consequence for your actions. It’s truly powerful stuff. It begins with a simple realisation, and perhaps an obvious one. But, for Dorian ...
  • ❁ بــدريــه ❁
    خلاصة الرواية في :" جمال الصورة و فساد الروح "حيث يمكن في كثير من الأحيان أن يكون الإنسان جميل من الخارج لكنه متبجح متكبر خبيث من الداخل ..شخصية دوريان و فلسفته تستند على الجمال البسيط لكل الأشياء في رحلة تنتهي بالقبح والبشاعة. ذلك الشاب البريء يتحول ...
  • Trevor
    This is another of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and kept putting off. Although I’ve a particularly good reason for putting this one off, as a very good friend of mine, who died a couple of years ago, spoke to me about this book and I was worried that might make it hard to read for quite other reasons.He said that when he read this book as a young man it made him certain that he was not homosexual. Now, that in itself was eno...
  • Ana
    “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” This book is dark unicorns and rainbows. It's chocolate ice cream with cherries on top. It's a pizza with everything on it. It's a fluffy kitten. It's ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day. It is absolutely marvellous.I couldn't help but include this in my review. Keanu Reeves is the real life Dorian Gray.
  • Huda Yahya
    ما هو أبشع كابوس تخيلته في حياتك؟ما الذي تراه أصعب شيء يمكن أن تتعرض لهماذا لو استطعت تجميع كل خطاياك و تخبئتها في مكان سري لا يعلمه سواكماذا لو استطعت أن تنفض يدك عن أي جريمة ارتكبتوأي شر اقترفتماذا لو استطعت تحقيق المستحيلوضمنت الخلود..؟؟وماذا لو...
  • Paul Bryant
    I don't know what I was quite expecting here. It's a psychological horror story with a lot of comic relief, in the form of the endless witty paradoxes. After page 30 you are thinking that if Lord Henry makes just one more crack you're going to knock his monocle off his family crest and grind it underfoot. Oscar often clearly thinks he's being hilarious with his wit with a capital W – and maybe it's me, but Oscar Wilde often sounds like a parody...
  • Kalliope
    Funny how books are moulded by the circumstances in which they have been read.In Dorian Gray, some of its aspects are very easy to grasp and do not need great explanations. For example, Wilde’s epigrammatic style is so very distinct. I have had a lot of fun selecting quotes and peppered with them my reading progress.His sentences are like small diamonds. They can be held and set against the light and moved around so that their different facets ...
  • Petra Eggs
    Possessing eternal youth and beauty produces exactly the same effect as sentencing a man to life without the possibility of parole. Both have nothing to lose and morals disappear before the desire for immediate self-gratification in all things. And so it is with Dorian Gray. It's a moral story so eventually his evil catches up with him and he dies, as does the criminal. Is Oscar Wilde saying that it is man's essential nature, to be so internally ...
  • Jonathan
    The Picture of Dorian Gray could also be titled A Portrait of the Human Soul, for in his dark and tragic commentary Oscar Wilde spares no liberties in discussing morality, religion, society and the depths of the human condition. It is a deeply moving and inspired novel centering around the defining power of art. It is not an easy novel to read with its dark elements. For in paying heed to Dorian Gray's demise one is drawn into a reflection of the...
  • Henry Avila
    "A face without a heart", so said Shakespeare in Hamlet, but it applies to the portrait of Dorian Gray, even better.... When the young gentleman Dorian Gray, from a wealthy aristocratic family, in Victorian England, has his picture completed, something is missing, Basil Hallward, the painter senses it, and insists that no one sees his greatest work, except a few people ... The witty Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian's soon to be best friend, seems amused...
  • Amira Mahmoud
    هي صورة الأحزانهي وجه بلا قلب هي صورة داخل كل منّا، صورة الروح أو صورة النفس أو أيًا ما كان يمكن أن تسميها.الصورة التي تعكس وجهنا الحقيقيّ الذي لا يعرف عنه الناس شيئًايسعى البعض للتفتيش عنها دائمًا، تفقدها بين حين وآخر والعناية بهاوالبعض الآخر يتر...
  • Manny
    "My dear Jordan!" said Lord Rayner expansively, as the butler discreetly closed the door behind his young visitor. "Really, it is too good to see you again! And what brings you to Cambridge?""Oh, this and that," said the lad, flinging himself casually onto a priceless Ikea divan. "By the way, has there been some mistake in the casting? I thought I was female?""Well, since we're doing Dorian Gray, I hoped you would have no objection to reversing y...
  • Emily Fox
    This reminded me of why I like classics. Some parts dragged on too long but I enjoyed it overall!
  • Councillor
    What would you do to gain eternal youth, to be beautiful and young and highly respected forever and ever? In the first instance, you should think long and longer about such a yearning, because in the end, it is not external beauty which counts ... it is the beauty of your soul. A lesson Dorian Gray has to learn in one of the most gruesome ways you could imagine."The Picture of Dorian Gray" is an absolute masterpiece, which is a compliment I rarel...
  • Brendan
    Moral degradation follows moisturiser use.
  • Fabian
    Perfect, exquisite, everything that was promised to you. This one has quite a high degree of FOLLOW THROUGH. "Gray" is majestic, about the superficial love for oneself. It poses many questions, and as a book of ideas, perhaps the most innovatory in the latter part of the 19th century of them all, it is exactly what a reader wants. Absolute flawlessness, like the young Dorian himself. It's ESSENTIAL. Indeed, the pinnacle of Gay Lit. Comes to us in...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    If no one wrote a novel after this one: it would be the greatest story ever told and I would be ok with that.
  • Alex Farrand
    First off, while reading this novel I started thinking about the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. You know the movie with Sean Connery. You know he has that cool voice and was James Bond. I thought to myself that one guy who had the picture sounds an awful lot like Dorian. Kept reading on, until finally I had to look up the movie. And lo and behold it was Dorian Gray. I had to palm to face myself. I should have known, because the other people w...
  • Magdalen
    “My own personality has become a burden to me. I want to escape, to go away, to forget.” No matter how many times I’ve read this book, every time I read it, I feel as if I am reading it for the first time. So where do I begin with this masterpiece? This book is an actual representation of how bad relationships can affect you. How bad influence can distort your sense. It’s thrilling and it keeps you at the edge of your seat. The picture ...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Good By ProxyThe Picture of Dorian Gray is a very Platonic book in that beauty seems to be considered as an end in itself — except that Dorian’s great love of beauty ought to have induced in him such a revulsion at the growing ugliness of his character (or soul) as to forestall his immoral actions. That was after all Plato’s great hope: that love of beauty can, when rightly cultivated and educated, battle immorality. Wilde inverts this by s...
  • Lizzy
    In a world increasingly obsessed with appearances and beauty, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray could not be more opportune and timely. Wilde's novel is about youth and beauty versus experience; morality and the triumph of the senses over reason; sin and accountability; society, its hypocrisy and the depths of the human condition. "But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exa...
  • Jean
    "If it was I who was to be forever young and the picture that was to grow old! There is nothing in the world I would not give ... I would give my soul for that!"There are a handful of Victorian gothic horror novels where the basic premise is well-known even today, having spawned countless rewrites, dramatisations and imitations. "Frankenstein" is one, "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" is another, and The Picture of Dorian Gray makes a f...
  • فهد الفهد
    صورة دوريان جراي لو طلب مني إعداد قائمة بأهم الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي، ستكون رائعة أوسكار وايلد على رأس القائمة، ومهما صغرت قائمتي، ومهما تطايرت منها العناوين، ستبقى (صورة دوريان جراي) لأنها رواية عبقرية كتبها فنان عملاق. قرأت هذه الرواية في مرا...
  • Nurkastelia A.
    What more can be said about The Picture of Dorian Gray than the fact it is a marvelous book? Although this is the only novel Oscar Wilde had ever written, I think by far this is one of the finest and most enchanting classic novels there are. I was completely in awe after reading it the first time and still too in awe to even start a review now.The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with an unusual look of a man –from another man’s eyes (Basil Hall...