The Picture of Dorian Gray (Broadview Literary Texts) by Oscar Wilde, Norman Page
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Broadview Literary Texts)
Author: Oscar Wilde, Norman Page
Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Broadview Literary Texts)
ISBN10: 1551111268
ISBN13: 978-0641935381
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: Broadview Press; New edition edition (January 5, 1998)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1575 kb
Size epub: 1841 kb
Rating: 4.9 ✪
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Category: Gay & Lesbian
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction

In Oscar Wilde’s famous novel, Dorian Gray is tempted by Henry Wotton to sell his soul in order to hold on to beauty and youth. Dorian succumbs and murders the portrait painter Basil Haliward, who stands between him and his goal. Though in the end vice is punished and virtue rewarded, the novel remains one of the most important expressions of fin de siècle decadence. It is in the preface to the expanded edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray that Wilde coined the most famous expression of his aesthetic: “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well-written or badly-written. That is all.”

Like other Broadview Editions, this edition includes a wide range of materials from the period that help to set the text in context. In particular, the editor locates the text both in relation to elements in the mainstream culture of the day (such as the aesthetes); and in relation to the gay subculture.