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El retrato de Dorian Gray

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El retrato de Dorian Gray, única novela que escribió Oscar Wilde, fue un encargo del editor de la revista americana «Lippincotts Magazine», y apareció en el número de julio de 1890. Su publicación en Inglaterra supuso el comienzo de una cacería puritana que acabaría con la condena de Wilde a trabajos forzados en 1895 (de hecho esta obra adquirió una importancia decisiva en los interrogatorios de los procesos contra el autor). El retrato de Dorian Gray es una narración de planteamiento fantástico –un retrato sufre el deterioro físico y mental que debería padecer quien sirvió de modelo, librándolo así del envejecimiento–, en la que Wilde arriesga –en un texto salpicado por sus ingeniosos epigramas– una inolvidable fábula y una reflexión acerca de la superioridad del arte sobre la vida y la moral mundanas. Como decía Borges: «Nos cuesta imaginar el universo sin los epigramas de Wilde».

272 pages, Paperback

First published June 1, 1890

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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.

As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of "gross indecency" with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.

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