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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde


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ISBN: 9781551111261
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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.
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  • Paperback
    $28.19
ISBN: 9781551111261
ANNOTATION:
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.

Annotation

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.

Publisher Description

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 siecle 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.

Author Biography

Norman Page, who has written numerous books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, has also edited The Mayor of Casterbridge for the Broadview Literary Texts series.

Review

"This is a fine edition of Oscar Wilde's novel, ideally suited to readers approaching the work (and all its accompanying mythology) for the first time. The informative introduction, as well as the collection of supplementary materials contained in the appendices, helpfully place the work in historical, biographical, political, and literary contexts. The edition is especially appropriate for undergraduate students, on whom the scandalousness of Wilde's story might be lost, without benefit of such contextualizations." -- William A. Cohen, University of Maryland

Product Details

Author
Oscar Wilde
Publisher
Broadview Press
Year
1998
ISBN-10
1551111268
ISBN-13
9781551111261
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
1998-02-23
Pages
279
Series
Broadview Literary Texts
Country of Publication
Canada
Short Title
PICT OF DORIAN GRAY REV/E
Edition Description
Revised
Media
Book
Residence
Dublin, IE
Edition
New edition