The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Paperback Published on: 30/01/2003
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
Faust, Jordan style
Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty, continuing to act the perfect gentleman while secretly living a life of decadence. Only his po... READ MORE
Amy Pirt at Thanet
The Picture of Dorian Gray
one of the greatest studies of shallowness, vanity, casual cruelty and hedonistic selfishness.
The most exquisite, beautiful and thought-provoking book I've read in a very long time. Oscar Wilde is a master of narcissistic judgement and a revolutiona... READ MORE
Ronnie, Bluewater Bookseller
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A Picture of Yourself
Wilde has always been on the periphery of my upbringing- normally as the inevitable author of a witty remark usurped by a friend or family member. The Pict... READ MORE
Conor O'Loughnan


Oscar Wilde's alluring novel of decadence and sin was a succes de scandale on publication.

It follows Dorian Gray who, enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society.

Only his portrait bears the traces of his depravity. This definitive edition includes a selection of contemporary reviews condemning the novel's immorality.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141439570
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 224g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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The Picture of Dorian Gray
I studied this book for my Higher Personal Study and it was great. The character of Dorian Gray is brilliant to study particularly his progression. It is a... READ MORE
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A classic piece of gothic literature, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a chilling tale of greed and vanity that anyone could read and enjoy!
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Intensely thought provoking!
I bought this on a whim but I have never been so glad of a spontaneous buy. I was as captivated by the silver-tongued Henry Wotton as Dorian Grey and was t... READ MORE
A. Leyman
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Simply Fabulous!
The character of Dorian Gray is a victim of vanity in this lavish novel by Oscar Wilde. Gray stays young while the mysterious portrait shows him getting ol... READ MORE
Timothy Buckle
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A look into one man's soul
This book is normally known as Oscar Wilde's first foray into the world of novels. It is also regarded as sensationalist at the time written and was used a... READ MORE
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A true classic
This was my first time reading this book, and i was not disappointed. I loved the whimsical style of writing whilst still managing to maintain extremely de... READ MORE
The Picture of Dorian Gray
50 Shades of Gray on a Canvas and Really Evil!
I will say, I did not buy this version of the book (I got a deluxe penguin edition), but it is the same book, meaning it's got 'Dorian Grey' and 'Picture' ... READ MORE
G Wierzbicki
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Cruel and Unusual Self-destruction - Very Entertaining
The particular events that occur during this novel seem to be arranged so that the reader may never settle as to whether they sympathise with the eponymous... READ MORE
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A timeless classic!
This book is a timeless classic that can be applied to any generation of society! Wilde has an air of simplicity in his writing that leads to an easy under... READ MORE
Evie Rushworth
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Descent of Man
Wonderful story - with gothic horror overtones. As with Wilde's plays, the clever-clever dialogue can get a bit wearing but the pace of the narrative is go... READ MORE
Catherine Bland
The Picture of Dorian Gray
This became one of my favourite classics of all time in part due to its profound explorations of pride, appearance, and morality, but also through its rive... READ MORE
Hector Cook
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Spellbinding excellent
Oscar Wilde has created a classic with the gothic spooky element in it ! It got me hooked on the first page I will recommend this classic to everyone
Freya Bradley
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Great classic
Barring one chapter where I skimmed it because it just seemed to drag, I really like this book. The story went in directions I wasn't expecting and the Wil... READ MORE
The Picture of Dorian Gray
I grew up reading Oscar Wilde's shorter stories but when I read this book for the first time it honestly changed my life. It changed how i perceive people ... READ MORE
Lily-Mae Mathieson