By Oscar Wilde

Celebrated novel strains the ethical degeneration of a good-looking younger Londoner from an blameless fop right into a merciless and reckless pursuer of enjoyment and, finally, a assassin. As Dorian grey sinks into depravity, his physique keeps ideal adolescence and vigour whereas his lately painted portrait displays the ravages of crime and sensuality. captivating story of horror and suspense ranks one of the vintage achievements of its style. notice. Prefaces.

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The nineteenth century dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. The nineteenth century dislike of Romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.

This remains the standard biography; it does, however, contain numerous errors of fact and some questionable interpretations of information. H. Montgomery Hyde, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, nd edn. (New York: Dover, ). Mostly compiled from newspaper reports. The transcript of Wilde’s libel trial is far less detailed than the one recorded in Holland’s volume (below). Merlin Holland, Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde (London: Fourth Estate, ). This volume includes a transcript of the trial in which Wilde sued for libel against the Marquess of Queensberry.

She is quite devoted to you. And I don’t think it really matters about your not being there. The Picture of Dorian Gray  The audience probably thought it was a duet. ’ ‘That is very horrid to her, and not very nice to me,’ answered Dorian, laughing. Lord Henry looked at him. Yes, he was certainly wonderfully handsome, with his finely-curved scarlet lips, his frank blue eyes, his crisp gold hair. There was something in his face that made one trust him at once. All the candour of youth was there, as well as all youth’s passionate purity.

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