The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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 in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, ...


Details The Picture of Dorian Gray

TitleThe Picture of Dorian Gray
Author
Release DateJun 1st, 2004
PublisherRandom House: Modern Library
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Literature, Gothic, Novels, 19th Century, Classic Literature, LGBT
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Reviews The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • Scoobs
    2007-10-02
    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 ...
  • Stephen
    2010-03-15
    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 mans 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. The ...
  • Paula
    2008-02-10
    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, ...
  • Emily May
    2012-08-15
    "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, a film which takes the audience on a journey through the life of the to...
  • Barry Pierce
    2014-02-06
    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...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    2019-02-19
    He grew more and more enamoured of his own beauty, more and more interested in the corruption of his own soul.I think I must have been about fifteen when I read The Picture of Dorian Gray for the very first time and I was totally blown away by it. There was this book, written in such a beautiful way, using such colourful and flowery language and there were those three amazing characters that made me feel and wonder and question their lives and de...
  • Sean Barrs
    2014-06-17
    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. Its truly powerful stuff. It begins with a simple realisation, and perhaps an obvious one. But, for Dorian it ...
  • Elyse Walters
    2017-08-28
    This is the first time I've read this classic book....but I've loved Oscar Wilde for as long as I can remember. There is much to take away from this book. Themes exploring shallowness, selfishness, superficiality, hedonism, morality, and flaws of life and being human. The dialogue is witty and humorous. Oscar Wilde had great insights on beauty....I love this quote:"But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect i...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2009-01-16
    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...
  • Henry Avila
    2013-05-12
    "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, a sh...
  • Jim Fonseca
    2011-11-11
    Even if we havent read the book everyone knows the plot. A painter paints a portrait of a beautiful young man. The portrait ages while he keeps his beauty. But the portrait also reflects his evil, not just aging, but turning eventually into a portrait of a devil. There are thousands of reviews so Ill just copy the next paragraph from the GR book blurb: Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wildes story of a fashionable young man who...
  • Anne
    2019-09-16
    I should probably admit that most of what I thought I knew about Dorian Gray came from pop culture references. In my defense, I'm actively trying to branch out and read more than comics and trashy romance novels, but it's slow going and I've got a lot of catching up to do.Shockingly, I didn't bother to read the blurb, and it turns out this was a bit more complex than I thought it would be.Point is, I had no idea it was about gay dudes!And I'm alw...
  • jessica
    2018-11-27
    behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. and boy, this story was an exquisite tragedy. wilde admits that the books which the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. and this is one of the most immoral books i have ever read.this is a story about the loss of innocence, of revelling in sin and debauchery, and everything in between. but its also an examination of the human soul, its struggle wit...
  • Petra-X
    2008-06-13
    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 ...
  • Trevor
    2008-03-23
    This is another of those books Ive been meaning to read for ages and kept putting off. Although Ive 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 enough to...
  • Paul Bryant
    2013-01-06
    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 of...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    2018-10-19
    I really don't know why goodreads deleted the rating of my favourite book, but as it seems it happened?! O_oWTH? *lol* Well anyway, of course it's a five star, did you expect any different? XDI'll definitely reread it one day and will write a proper review, because this book deserves such an awesome in-depth review that 3.500 words certainly won't be enough! *lol*One day, this screen page is going to crack with my gushing.That's a promise! ;-P
  • Johann (jobis89)
    2017-12-05
    "Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic."Under the influence of a captivating aristocrat, Dorian Gray sells his soul in exchange for prolonged youth and vitality. Part of the deal is that a full-length portrait of Dorian will age and record his sins, whereas he remains unblemished.Picking one quote from this book was like being asked to read just one book for the rest of your life - nigh-on impossible. I hadn't even...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2008-06-13
    809. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. The Picture of Dorian Gray begins on a beautiful summer day in Victorian era England, where Lord Henry Wotton, an opinionated man, is observing the sensitive artist Basil Hallward painting the portrait of Dorian Gray, a handsome young man who is Basil's ul...
  • Melanie
    2018-01-05
    Some day, when you are old and wrinkled and ugly, when thought has seared your forehead with its lines, and passion branded your lips with its hideous fires, you will feel it, you will feel it terribly. So, I wanted 2018 to be the year that I try to get back into classics! In the past, Ive found some of them daunting to read, or just too boring to ever feel invested in. But I feel like The Picture of Dorian Gray was the perfect start.Beautiful a...
  • Lisa
    2014-06-25
    We are living the life of Dorian Gray. We sacrifice our souls to the illusion of beauty and youth. We are using surgery and photoshopping to hide the real portrait of ourselves growing older and darker as our pleasures feel more and more hollow by sheer repetition. The likes of Bret Easton Ellis, who try to depict the "sinful" lives of modern-day Dorians, are less shocking than tedious and boring. We are constantly looking for instant gratificati...
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
    2020-01-31
    Last year, I challenged myself to read one classic a month......And it pretty much took me all of last year to finish just this book...and Peter Pan - AKA the two shortest classics I have in my library. So there's that...Now lesser mortals might be embarrassed by this; but, thankfully, I am completely and utterly secure in the magnificence of my mediocrity...and so I shall merely endeavor another try. I'm sure the classic I select for 2020 (see h...
  • Fabian
    2014-02-03
    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, & 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, at the pinnacle of Gay Lit. Comes to us i...
  • Kalliope
    2014-04-11
    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, Wildes 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 wil...
  • Leo .
    2017-11-22
    Great story. Imagine being immortal. Wow! To still be around after hundreds of years. One thing is true, you would know what really happened in the past. Let's face it you would have witnessed something first hand. And today you would read the modern history books and maybe, just maybe...Lol!All history is just what it means. His. Story. History was predominantly written by men. Left brain and in a draconian way. Most History was written by monks...
  • Peter
    2018-01-13
    Consequence The Picture of Dorian Gray, apart from being a classic work of literature and written by one of the greatest writers of all time, is a book that has readers searching for meaning and it opens up a debate on the consequences of our actions. The consequence of remaining young and transferring the ageing process to a portrait was more than just the outward reflection of Dorian Gray, it also affected his internal soul and moral compass. A...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    2011-09-23
    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...
  • Khush
    2018-03-20
    A wonderful book. Wilde was anything but subaltern.
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2017-01-14
    (3.5) This reminded me of why I like classics. Some parts dragged on too long but I enjoyed it overall!