One of the great literary classics of Western literature and the only published novel written by Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray created great controversy on publication because of its homosexual undertones, and was later used as evidence against him at his trial at the Old Bailey in 1895."If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old...I would give my soul for that!" The wish uttered by Dorian Gray as he gazes on his portrait forms the basis of this story, of a gilded and spoilt hedonist who is willing to sell his soul for his beauty.
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Oscar Wilde was a magnificent storyteller. The prose is rich, descriptive and thrilling.
The very idea of the painting's power is steeped in myth and fairy tales, and is a wonderfully compelling idea for a tale of decadent decay.
I loved his voice. His Oxonian tones were absolutely perfect for the style of the era and the background of the main characters.
The luxuriant decadence of erosion.