The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde audiobook

The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde
Read by Steven Crossley

Recorded Books, Inc.
9.08 Hours Unabridged
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A moral fantasy novel by Oscar Wilde, published in an early form in Lippincott’s Magazine in 1890, the novel had six additional chapters when it appeared in book form in 1891. An archetypal tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul, the novel was a romantic exposition of Wilde’s aestheticism. Dorian Gray is a wealthy young Englishman who gradually sinks into a life of dissipation and crime. Despite his unhealthy behavior, his physical appearance remains youthful and unmarked by dissolution. Instead, a portrait of himself catalogs every evil deed by turning his once handsome features into a hideous mask—until Gray destroys the painting. Gray’s final negation, “ugliness is the only reality,” neatly summarizes Wilde’s aestheticism, both his love of the beautiful and his fascination with the profane.

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Summary

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A Literary Hub Pick of Great Irish Novels Not Set in Ireland

A moral fantasy novel by Oscar Wilde, published in an early form in Lippincott’s Magazine in 1890, the novel had six additional chapters when it appeared in book form in 1891. An archetypal tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul, the novel was a romantic exposition of Wilde’s aestheticism.

Dorian Gray is a wealthy young Englishman who gradually sinks into a life of dissipation and crime. Despite his unhealthy behavior, his physical appearance remains youthful and unmarked by dissolution. Instead, a portrait of himself catalogs every evil deed by turning his once handsome features into a hideous mask—until Gray destroys the painting. Gray’s final negation, “ugliness is the only reality,” neatly summarizes Wilde’s aestheticism, both his love of the beautiful and his fascination with the profane.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Steven Crossley provides a riveting performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale of morality, hypocrisy, and depravity. Wilde’s subtle, ironic comments are handled with ease by Crossley. He delivers Dorian Gray’s fateful statement—“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! — with all the flamboyance of the young British sophisticate. Crossley’s delivery of the lighthearted banter between nineteenth-century fashionable folk is musical; whereas, as Gray’s dissipation becomes evident, he creates spine-tingling horror.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Oscar Wilde

Author Bio: Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin. He won scholarships to both Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by the radical aesthetics of Walter Pater. Flamboyant wit and man-about-town, Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. After publishing two volumes of short stories between 1887 and 1891, his social-comedy plays such as Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest established his critical and commercial success. In 1895 Wilde was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for homosexual conduct and died in Paris in obscurity a few years after his release.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 9.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English