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By Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde brings his huge, immense presents for astute social statement and gleaming prose to The photograph of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike tale of a tender guy who sells his soul for everlasting early life and wonder. This dandy, who is still ceaselessly unchanged—petulant, hedonistic, useless, and amoral—while a portray of him a while and grows more and more hideous with the years, has been scary, mesmerizing, obsessing, even corrupting readers for greater than 100 years.
Taking the reader out and in of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, The photo of Dorian Gray is not just a melodrama approximately ethical corruption. Laced with bon mots and shiny depictions of upper-class refinement, it's also a desirable examine the milieu of Wilde’s fin-de-siècle global and a manifesto of the creed “Art for Art’s Sake.”

The ever-quotable Wilde, who as soon as overjoyed London together with his scintillating performs, scandalized readers with this, his simply novel. Upon e-book, Dorian used to be condemned as risky, toxic, silly, vulgar, and immoral, and Wilde as a “driveling pedant.” the unconventional, in reality, used to be used opposed to Wilde at his much-publicized trials for “gross indecency,” which ended in his imprisonment and exile at the eu continent. nonetheless, The photo of Dorian Gray firmly validated Wilde as one of many nice voices of the classy circulate, and endures as a vintage that's as undying as its hero.

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There was none, and Wilde later would deny that Gray had been the model for Dorian. Yet what sources have remained note that Gray initially encouraged such a belief. His only extant letter to Wilde is signed 舠Dorian,舡 and his fellow poets Ernest Dowson and Lionel Johnson frequently refer to Gray as Dorian in their own letters. ) For the remainder of his life, however, Gray systematically would continue to eliminate and suppress any incriminating evidence of his place in Wilde舗s circle. He even took the somewhat drastic step of buying up stray copies of his own book of poetry, Silverpoints, which features several homosexually resonant poems, for the express purpose of destroying them.

Along with Wilde, maddened philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and art historian John Ruskin, a seminal figure for Wilde舗s beloved Aesthetic movement and an early enthusiast of the Pre-Raphaelite school of English painters, likewise did not outlive the century. Sir Arthur Sullivan, who with his partner, Sir William Gilbert, had satirized Wilde as the effeminate, pop-star-like ɒber aesthete Reginald Bunthorne in their 1881 operetta Patience, also died, while German composer Kurt Weill, who would deeply darken popular musical theater in the twentieth century, was born.

Chapter V. Chapter VI. Chapter VII. Chapter VIII. Chapter IX. Chapter X. Chapter XI. Chapter XII. Chapter XIII. Chapter XIV. Chapter XV. Chapter XVI. Chapter XVII. Chapter XVIII. Chapter XIX. Chapter XX. Endnotes Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray Comments & Questions For Further Reading From the Pages of The Picture of Dorian Gray All art is quite useless. 舡 (page 21) Š 舠Beauty is a form of Genius舒is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon.

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