A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

About the book

Wilde’s only novel, first published in 1890, is a brilliantly designed puzzle, intended to tease conventional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art, life, and consequence. From its provocative Preface, challenging the reader to believe in ‘art for art’s sake’, to its sensational conclusion, the story self-consciously experiments with the notion of sin as an element of design.

Yet Wilde himself underestimated the consequences of his experiment, and its capacity to outrage the Victorian establishment. Its words returned to haunt him in his court appearances in 1895, and he later recalled the ‘note of doom’ which runs like ‘a purple thread’ through its carefully crafted prose.


Reviewed by Godshill WI

A well-known although not very well read book. Interesting, but too many aphorisms. The word we used was pretentious! “

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  1. Reviewed by Tuesday Crew

    “An interesting book, which provoked much discussion in our group. A very verbose book in whichthe narrative painted the image and the characters very vividly; but we didn’t like any of them very much

    star rating ***


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