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Picture Of Dorian Gray, The (1891 Version)
Picture Of Dorian Gray, The (1891 Version)
Picture Of Dorian Gray, The (1891 Version)
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Picture Of Dorian Gray, The (1891 Version)

Written by Oscar Wilde

Narrated by LibriVox Community

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. Wilde later revised this edition, making several alterations, and adding new chapters; the amended version was published by Ward, Lock, and Company in April 1891. The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian's beauty and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry's world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfillment of the senses. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian (whimsically) expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than himself. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, plunging him into debauched acts. The portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging. The Picture of Dorian Gray is considered a work of classic gothic fiction with a strong Faustian theme. ( Summary by Wikipedia )
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Release dateAug 25, 2014
Picture Of Dorian Gray, The (1891 Version)
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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on the 16th October 1854 and died on the 30th November 1900. He was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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    I liked the book, but I wish there was another narrator. There is a disconnect in the way he reads to the original meaning in my opinion, everything comes across as quite somber and serious regardless of the context. Additionally, it was a bit difficult to imagine a group of young men engaging in active discussion when everything is read in a slow older voice. I had to spend the entirety of the book repeating everything in my own head to get a better feeling of the book.

    Highly recommend the book - an excellent classic, I'm sure you know. I don't recommend this audio recording and would advise listening elsewhere or reading the printed version.