[ PDF / Epub ] ★ The Picture of Dorian Gray Author Oscar Wilde – Thomashillier.co.uk

The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture Of Dorian Gray Altered The Way Victorians Understood The World They Inhabited It Heralded The End Of A Repressive Victorianism, And After Its Publication, Literature Had In The Words Of Biographer Richard Ellmann A Different Look Yet The Dorian Gray That Victorians Never Knew Was Even Daring Than The Novel The British Press Condemned As Vulgar, Unclean, Poisonous, Discreditable, And A Sham Now, Than 120 Years After Wilde Handed It Over To His Publisher, J B Lippincott Company, Wilde S Uncensored Typescript Is Published For The First Time, In An Annotated, Extensively Illustrated Edition The Novel S First Editor, J M Stoddart, Excised Material Especially Homosexual Content He Thought Would Offend His Readers Sensibilities When Wilde Enlarged The Novel For The 1891 Edition, He Responded To His Critics By Further Toning Down Its Immoral Elements The Differences Between The Text Wilde Submitted To Lippincott And Published Versions Of The Novel Have Until Now Been Evident To Only The Handful Of Scholars Who Have Examined Wilde S Typescript.


10 thoughts on “The Picture of Dorian Gray

  1. says:

    Arguably literature s greatest study of shallowness, vanity, casual cruelty and hedonistic selfishness, Wilde lays it down here with ABSOLUTE PERFECTION This was my first experience in reading Oscar Wilde and the man s gift for prose and dialogue is magical This story read somewhat like a dark, corrupted Jane Austen in that the writing was snappy and pleasant on the ear, but the feeling it left you with was one of hopelessness and despair The level of cynicism and societal disregard that Wi Arguably literature s greatest study of shallowness, vanity, casual cruelty and hedonistic selfishness, Wilde lays it down here with ABSOLUTE PERFECTION This was my first experience in reading Oscar Wilde and the man s gift for prose and dialogue is magical This story read somewhat like a dark, corrupted Jane Austen in that the writing was snappy and pleasant on the ear, but the feeling it left you with was one of hopelessness and despair The level of cynicism and societal disregard tha...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book reminded me why I hate classics.Like Frankenstein, it starts out with a great premise what if a portrait bore the brunt of age and sin, while the person remained in the flush of youth How would that person feel as they watched a constant reminder of their true nature develop And like Frankenstein, it gets completely bogged down in uninteresting details and takes forever to get to the interesting ...


  3. says:

    Oh Dorian Oh Dorian.When I first read this book in the fruitless years of my youth I was excited, overwhelmed and a blank slate as Dorian is, upon his first encounter with Lord Henry easily molded, persuaded, influenced, etc.Certain Wildisms Wildeisms would take my breath away Would become my mottos to believe in To follow To live.Lines like It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about But beauty, real Oh Dorian Oh Dorian.When I first read this book in the fruitless years of my youth I was excited, overwhelmed and a blank slate as Dorian is, upon his first encounter with Lord Henry easily molded, persuaded, influenced, etc.Certain Wildisms Wildeisms would take my breath away Would become my mottos to believe in To follow To live.Lines like It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins Intellect is i...


  4. says:

    So I read all of Wilde s plays a couple of years ago but for some reason I never read this at the time This is probably the number one most requested book for me to read So I read it Are ya happy now ARE YA I really rather enjoyed this Well, obviously I mean, did you honestly think I wasn t going to like The Picture of Dorian Gray It s by Oscar Wilde for fuck s sake His prose is like spilled honey flowing across a wooden table and waterfalling onto the floor beneath The viscous liquid So I read all of Wilde s plays a couple of years ago but for some reason I never read this at the time This is probably the number one most requested book for me to read So I read it Are ya happy now ARE YA I really rather enjoyed this Well, obviously I mean, did you honestly think I wasn t going to like The Picture of Dorian Gray It s by Oscar Wilde for fuck s sake His prose is like spilled honey flowing across a wooden table and waterfalling onto the floor beneath The viscous liquid flowing slowly over the edge His plot, perfectly paced, moves slowly as we wade deeper and deeper into Dorian Gray s maniacal life Over the edge we go as everything goes wrong, there s death, there s pain, there s long conversations about art We hit the floor as we finish and we see no...


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    The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion It is not he who is revealed by the painter it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul And so begins this tale of art and sin I would highly recommend first watching the movie Wilde starring the wonderful Stephen Fry, it is a film which takes the audience on a journey through the life of the tormented wThe sitter is merely the accident, the occasion It is not he who is revealed by the painter it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul And so begins this tale of art and sin I would highly recommend first watching the movie Wilde starring the wonderful Stephen Fry, it is a film which takes the audience on a jour...


  6. says:

    Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragicThis book is dark unicorns and rainbows It s chocolate ice cream with cherries on top It s a pizza with everything on it It s a fluffy kitten It s ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day It is absolutely marvellous.I couldn t...


  7. says:

    I finished reading this last night, and afterwards I spent an entire hour staring into space so I could contemplate over the majesty of this work It left me speechless This book is exquisite it is an investigation into the human soul, the power of vanity and the problems of living a life with not a single consequence for your actions It s truly powerful stuff It begins with a simple realisation, and perhaps an obvious one But, for Dorian it is completely life changing He realises that bea I finished reading this last night, and afterwards I spent an entire hour staring into space so I could contemplate over the majesty of this work It left me speechless This book is exquisite it is an investigation into the human soul, the power of vanity and the problems of living a life with not a single consequence for your actions It s truly powerful stuff It begins with a simple realisation, and perhaps an obvious one But, for Dorian it is completely life changing He realises that beauty is finite It won t last forever It s like a flower, t...


  8. says:

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a hard book to review After reading such eloquent, beautiful, and rich writing, I am at a loss for how to command my comparatively paltry ability to use words to express how I felt about this book.Forgive me as I go back to AP English for a few moments I asked myself what were the themes of this novel Here is my list IdentityExperience BeautyThe triumph on senses over reasonAccountabilityI will attempt to build my review, in part, around the discussion of these t The Picture of Dorian Gray is a hard book to review After reading such eloquent, beautiful, and rich writing, I am at a loss for how to command my comparatively paltry ability to use words to express how I felt about this book.Forgive me as I go back to AP English for a few moments I asked myself what were the themes of this novel Here is my list IdentityExperience BeautyThe triumph on senses over reasonAccountabilityI will attempt to build my review, in part, around the discussion of these themes.IdentityDorian Gray was a flawed man who was essentially empty inside He was very young when this story began, seemingly full of potential Sadly, he invested all his sense of worth in his external beauty, doing little to grow the inner man unless you consider his d...


  9. says:

    This is the first time I ve read this classic book.but I ve loved Oscar Wilde for as long as I can remember There is much to take away from this book Themes exploring shallowness, selfishness, superficiality, hedonism, morality, and flaws of life and being human The dialogue is witty and humorous Oscar Wilde had great insights on beauty.I love this quote But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begi...


  10. says:

    This is another of those books I ve been meaning to read for ages and kept putting off Although I ve a particularly good reason for putting this one off, as a very good friend of mine, who died a couple of years ago, spoke to me about this book and I was worried that might make it hard to read for quite other reasons.He said that when he read this book as a young man it made him certain that he was not homosexual Now, that in itself was enough to make me curious about the book This is a book This is another of those books I ve been meaning to read for ages and kept putting off Although I ve a particularly good reason for putting this one off, as a very good friend of mine, who died a couple of years ago, spoke to me about this book and I was worried that might make it hard to read for quite other reasons.He said that when he read this book as a young man it made him certain that he was not homosexual Now, that in itself was enough to make me curious about the book This is a book that could only have been written by a homosexual male and it is a book about homosexuality in very many ways The obsession with youth and beauty is almost a clich of homosexual obsessions though the dandy , the vanity of men, is muchcommon now, I think We are increasingly a culture obsessed with appearance I wonder if reading the book and seeing this obsession was the thing that convinced my friend he was not homosexual, if that was the thing that made him say, no, that s not me O...


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