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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Author: Oscar Wilde

ISBN:  9780141439570 (Paperback), 9780141442464 (Hardcover)

Tags: Gay, Literary Fiction, Classics

"A triumph of execution ... one of the best narratives of the 'double life' of a Victorian gentleman" - Peter Ackroyd

An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland's greatest writers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray makes a Faustian bargain to sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian's picture bears the traces of his decadence.

A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society, The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895. 

Note: The hardcover edition is part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith. These delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colorful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

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