By Oscar Wilde
Considering that its first booklet in 1890, Oscar Wilde's basically novel, the image of Dorian grey, has remained the topic of serious controversy. Acclaimed via a few as an instructive ethical story, it's been denounced by way of others for its implicit immorality. After having his portrait painted, Dorian grey is captivated via his personal attractiveness. Tempted by way of his world-weary pal, decadent good friend Lord Henry Wotton, he needed to stick younger eternally and pledges his very soul to maintain his beauty. As Dorian's slide into crime and cruelty progresses, he remains magically younger, whereas his appealing portrait alterations, revealing the hideous corruption of ethical decay.
Set in fin-de-siécle London, the unconventional strains a course from the studio of painter Basil Howard to the opium dens of the East finish. The textual content of this variation is derived from the Oxford English Texts, which prints a severely verified model of the 1st ebook version of 1891. additionally integrated is a brand new, fuller creation, which considers the variation among the 1890 and 1891 texts, Wilde's diversity of resources, major serious methods to the radical and its attractiveness considering the fact that 1891, complete explanatory notes that establish Wilde's assets, and an up-to-date-bibliography.
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Extra resources for The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford World's Classics) (2006 Edition)
You must lend me these, Basil,’ he cried. ‘I want to learn them. ’ ‘Oh, I am tired of sitting, and I don’t want a life-sized portrait of myself,’ answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner. When he caught sight of Lord Henry, a faint blush coloured his cheeks for a moment, and he started up. ’ ‘This is Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian, an old Oxford friend of mine. ’ ‘You have not spoiled my pleasure in meeting you, Mr. Gray,’ said Lord Henry, stepping forward and extending his hand.
Ian Small (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ). –––– Studies in the History of Renaissance (), revised and expanded as The Renaissance (), repr. in The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry––The Text, ed. Donald L. Hill (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, ). Hill’s edition notes the textual variants in the four editions of The Renaissance that Pater published during his lifetime. Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars, ed. and trans. Catharine Edwards (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ).
Basil, this is extraordinary! ’ Hallward got up from the seat, and walked up and down the garden. After some time he came back. ‘Harry,’ he said, ‘Dorian Gray is to me simply a motive in art. You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. He is a suggestion, as I have said, of a new manner. I ﬁnd him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. ’ asked Lord Henry. ‘Because, without intending it, I have put into it some expression of all this curious artistic idolatry,* of which, of course, I have never cared to speak to him.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford World's Classics) (2006 Edition) by Oscar Wilde