The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde audiobook

The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde
Read by Edward Petherbridge

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Basil Hallward, an artist, meets Dorian Gray and paints his portrait. The artist is so infatuated with Dorian’s beauty that he begins to believe it is the reason for his quality of art. Dorian becomes convinced that beauty is all-important and wishes his portrait could age instead of him. But each time Dorian commits a sin, his portrait ages, eventually showing him what is happening to his soul.

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Summary

Summary

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

Basil Hallward, an artist, meets Dorian Gray and paints his portrait. The artist is so infatuated with Dorian’s beauty that he begins to believe it is the reason for his quality of art. Dorian becomes convinced that beauty is all-important and wishes his portrait could age instead of him. But each time Dorian commits a sin, his portrait ages, eventually showing him what is happening to his soul.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[An] enduringly popular work. It is still widely read.” The Guardian (London)
“A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception.” Amazon.com
The Picture of Dorian Gray categorically changed Victorian Britain and the landscape of literature.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This remarkable rendering perfectly captures the spirit and characters…Just as the portrait mirrors the ravages of Gray’s soul, Petherbridge’s narration exudes decadence, hedonism, and destruction—every syllable foreshadowing the protagonist’s dismal end. The narrator’s storytelling and narrative skill are exemplary.” 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. In 1875, he began publishing poetry in literary magazines, and in 1878, he won the coveted Newdigate Prize for English poetry. He had a reputation as a flamboyant wit and man-about-town. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884, he tried to establish himself as a writer, but with little initial success. However, his three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, and A House of Pomegranates, together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, gradually won him a reputation as a modern writer with an original talent. That reputation was confirmed and enhanced by the phenomenal success of his society comedies: Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all performed on London’s West End stage between 1892 and 1895. In 1895, he was convicted of engaging in homosexual acts, which were then illegal, and sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labor. He soon declared bankruptcy, and his property was auctioned off. In 1896, he lost legal custody of his children. When his mother died that same year, his wife Constance visited him at the jail to bring him the news. It was the last time they saw each other. In the years after his release, his health deteriorated. In November 1900, he died in Paris at the age of forty-six.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 8.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English