By Oscar Wilde

Introduction via Jeffrey Eugenides
Written in his distinctively excellent demeanour, Oscar Wilde’s tale of a trendy younger guy who sells his soul for everlasting adolescence and sweetness is the author’s hottest paintings. the story of Dorian Gray’s ethical disintegration brought on a scandal whilst it first seemed in 1890, yet even though Wilde used to be attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he replied that there's, actually, “a poor ethical in Dorian Gray.” quite a few years later, the publication and the aesthetic/moral drawback it awarded turned matters within the trials occasioned by way of Wilde’s gay liaisons, which ended in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s courting to autobiography, Wilde famous in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what i believe i'm: Lord Henry what the realm thinks me: Dorian what i want to be—in different a long time, perhaps.”

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Erskine. "Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. " "You are really very comforting," warbled the duchess. "I have always felt rather guilty when I came to see your dear aunt, for I take no interest at all in the East End. " "A blush is very becoming, Duchess," remarked Lord Henry. "Only when one is young," she answered. "When an old woman like myself blushes, it is a very bad sign. Ah! " He thought for a moment. " he asked, looking at her across the table. "A great many, I fear," she cried.

The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write.

His mother was a Devereux, Lady Margaret Devereaux. I want you to tell me about his mother. What was she like? Whom did she marry? You have known nearly everybody in your time, so you might have known her. I am very much interested in Mr. Gray at present. " echoed the old gentleman. "Kelso's grandson! Of course.... I knew his mother intimately. I believe I was at her christening. She was an extraordinarily beautiful girl, Margaret Devereux, and made all the men frantic by running away with a penniless young fellow--a mere nobody, sir, a subaltern in a foot regiment, or something of that kind.

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