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Name: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde
Year: 1890
Rank: 4.3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Original Rating: 4.1 out of 5
Popularity: 9.8
Genres/categories: Classic, Horror, Fantasy, Free books, Read online

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ISBN:
9780194230117
9780671471910
9780686742821
9780736604185
9781423776932
9781423780588
9781600965005
0194230112
066577981X
0671471910
0686742826
0736604189
1423776933
1423780582
1595403884
1600965008
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, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment.
Of Dorian Gray's relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be-in other ages, perhaps."