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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection Book 37) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Wilde
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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, is part of the Literary Classics Collection, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection:

- New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
- Biographies of the authors
- Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
- Footnotes and endnotes
- Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
- Comments by other famous authors
- Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
- Bibliographies for further reading
- Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate

All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. Wilde was attacked for his decadence and corrupting influence, and a few years later the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, trials that resulted in his imprisonment. Of the book's value as 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."


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Oscar Wilde, der mit vollem Namen Oscar Fingal O' Flahertie Wills Wilde hieß, wurde am 16. Oktober 1854 in Dublin geboren und ist einer der bedeutendsten irischen Schriftsteller. Als schillernde Lichtgestalt des "L'art pour l'art" wurde er im viktorianischen England u. a. für sein extravagantes Auftreten bewundert. Häufig war der Dandy auch wegen seiner skandalträchtigen Werke im Gespräch, in denen er die Prüderie der damaligen Gesellschaft vorführte. 1890 veröffentlichte Oscar Wilde seinen berühmten Roman "Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray". 1895 wurde der Familienvater wegen Unzucht und Homosexualität zu zwei Jahren Zwangsarbeit verurteilt. Nach Verbüßung dieser Strafe verließ er - verarmt und gebrochen - England und lebte bis zu seinem Tod am 30. November 1900 in Paris.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Who wants to look young forever? 17. August 2013
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Basil, who up until now was a mediocre painter after meeting Dorian Gray a young Adonis, was inspired to create a masterpiece of which he puts himself into. Against Basil's wishes, Dorian Gray is influenced by Basil's friend Lord Henry. Dorian looks at his portrait and realizes that while the portrait will stay young forever, he will grow old; so Dorian makes a wish that if only he could stay young forever and the portrait can age.

At first Dorian does not realize his wishes been granted. He falls in love with a beautiful young actress who is every woman that Shakespeare ever wrote about. But once again due to Lord Henry's influence, he realizes that she's just a common girl.

Starting with absent-minded acts Dorian slowly sinks into debauchery. And with every new act his picture becomes more grotesque while Dorian stays is young and as innocent looking as the day his picture was painted.
What will become of Dorian?
What will become of Dorian's painting?
What would you do if you were Dorian?

Oscar Wilde paints a picture himself as he describes Dorian Gray's dilemma. And we as readers travel with Dorian as each decision is made. In some places in the story Oscar Wilde seems to drag on and on with detail; however we find that this detail is necessary to set the next scene.

Oscar Wilde himself led a risky life that lead to a jail sentence; is attitudes can be seen in the dialogues in this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Kindle Version 8. April 2012
Von Chris P. Germe - Veröffentlicht auf
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This classic was a profound look at human nature and vain people can get. Oscar Wilde's usual style is well reflected here. The end was very predictable but quickly executed. The story contains many references that are nicely described throughout the book.

This kindle version version is full of extras that are worth getting this version.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Interest Lost 3. März 2013
Von raebelle - Veröffentlicht auf
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I lost interest in this book. It just couldn't keep my attention. Maybe I'll try reading it again later on at some point.
5.0 von 5 Sternen good book 24. November 2013
Von customer - Veröffentlicht auf
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this book kept me occupied during the cold winter season, a good read, here is another good book for those of you who love good Chinese food. Chinese Takeout Recipes
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Read, Review Linked below 19. August 2013
Von Imran Lorgat - Veröffentlicht auf
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A great read by a great author. Dorian Gray is as disturbing and well written 100 years since its publication. Below is a link to my Blog where I reviewed the book.

5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read. 2. Juli 2013
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Really enjoyed reading The Picture of Dorian Grey. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read classical literature. I had always heard the story about the painting and Dorian Grey.
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