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The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  12,199 ratings  ·  580 reviews
Flamboyant and controversial, Oscar Wilde was a dazzling personality, a master of wit, and a dramatic genius whose sparkling comedies contain some of the most brilliant dialogue ever written for the English stage. Here in one volume are his immensely popular novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; his last literary work, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol,” a product of his own prison ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 487 pages
Published October 1982 by Bantam Books (first published 1898)
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May 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone name Basil
Recommended to Donna by: Mr. Whedbee and Myhien
I once knew a woman who was the modern day equivalence of Dorian Gray. When I met her, she was nearing her 53rd birthday but didn't look a day older than 35. She was the splitting image of a brunette Grace Kelly. Beautiful was, if even possible, the only word I can use to describe her. From afar or in passing, she looked as if she is the nicest person to ever walk the earth. She looked regal, striking, and sympathetic. But to my surprise, she was nothing like the princess. Her angelic face hid t ...more
Nadia Mounier
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أول حاجة اقراها لأوسكار وايلد, بالرغم من اني مش بحب ترجمة الادب العالمي و بحس دايما انه بيفقد جماله و فنه و بيتحول لقصة الا ان الترجمة لرواية دوريان جراي كانت قوية من حيث لغتها و الفاظها.
اعتقد ان الرواية بتصور المجتكع الانجليزي و تحوله للمادية الممثلة في شخصية اللورد هنري ..

فكرة اللوحة و تغيرها بتغير شخصية جراي رائعة , ملامحنا مراية حياتنا و ذنوبنا ...
الفصول الاخيرة فيها رائعة و حوارها ممتع جدا
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite book of all time.
It is so wonderfully written, that I feel the need to underline sentences on nearly every page. And not only is the style of the writing amazing: the story itself is marvelous. To be forever young and beautiful has been a dream of many a man. Oscar Wilde made a story out of it that truly holds all genres in one. Furthermore, you can't help but to feel that you actually know the characters. Dorian Gray, whose change you can feel along with him inside you, Lo
Steven Nosakowski
One of my favorites, this novel takes a look into the human psyche; specifically a beautiful young man named Dorian Grey. When a portrait is drawn of him, the painting accepts the hideous deeds done to his soul and physical appearance as its one. Dorian no longer has to accept responsibility for his actions or sins. A book of love, murder and the desire to remain forever young. Oscar Wilde is a brilliant author.
Eng. Mohmad  ali
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

كنت قد اشتريته من على الرصيف بسور الازبكية ولم اكن اعرف قيمته ...وقراته بتمعن وجذبنى بشدة واعجبت بكل سطر وكل كلمة فيه واكتشف بعد ذلك قيمة الكتاب وان العالم كله معجب به ...وانه من افضل الاعمال الادبية التى ممكن تقراها وقررت بينى وبين نفسى ان اقرئه لاودى عندما يكبرون مما فيه من مواعظ قيمة
Maedeh M
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
--What of Art?
-It is a malady.
-An Illusion.
-The fashionable substitute for Belief.
--You are a sceptic.
-Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
--What are you?
-To define is to limit.

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" is a poetic mixture of philosophy, fantasy, crime and fiction. A great example of engaging and gripping literature.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Just a review of Picture of Dorian Gray: While certainly compelling in premise, I found the execution to be somewhat lacking. The novel contains many sections of overly gratuitous descriptions and largely inconsequential dialogue that I found to really slow the pace down. Whilst Wilde is an obviously eloquent writer, I do wonder if perhaps the book would have worked better as a short story more in the vein of Poe, embracing more of the gothic and horror elements that the book only really hints a ...more
Rana Adham
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll follow the example of fellow reviewers and break up the stars:

Dorian Gray: 5 stars (more like 5 million stars)
The Happy Prince: 4 stars
Birthday of the Infanta: 3 stars
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime: 3.5 stars

So on average, roughly 4 stars for the whole book.



The Happy Prince is a fable about the importance of compassion and the sacrifice that usually comes with it. I loved the moral!

The Birthday of the Infanta was a sort of uncharacteristic work of Wilde's. I tried to read between
Davis Aujourd'hui
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
So you want to remain eternally young? This book will tell you an engrossing moralistic tale that paints the picture of where the deadly sin of vanity can take you. It will take you into a descent into a hell full of shadows where the light will never touch you.

This is a classic dark tale of intrigue. It is filled with the depths to which the human condition can sink. It is a page turner, but it may leave you feeling empty at the end. That is what it did for me. Nevertheless, it is a haunting bo
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
My review of The Picture of Dorian Gray
I really enjoyed the three stories. They were very well-written, interesting, and even funny at times.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading this since high school and it's definitely more misogynist and anti-Semitic than I recall...
But, you know, still funny and insightful. Would watch Dorian Gray's reality television show.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't understand why it took me so long to finish this book.
Wilde sure knew how to write great stories.
Sometimes, a book and I cross paths with a serendipitous sense of timing. It's a magical, sublime thing when that happens because I love being dazzled with literary perfection and achingly personal relevance while pretending like my life really is a grand-scale movie script where things actually make sense in a deus ex machina sort of way. I like it when life validates every overly romantic notion I have about getting lost in a mighty good story.

And then I sometimes stumble upon a dud of a readi
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-On The Picture of Dorian Gray:

Dear Professors and Instructors who have thus far withheld this classic from my literary education: you are all bastards. This book embodies all that I love about literature and language.

Dorian Gray is an angelic youth in Victorian London, who captivates Basil Hallward and Lord Henry Wotton with his fine looks and overall innocence. A portrait by Basil is commissioned, and Dorian absently wishes he could preserve the portrait's beauty in himself.

His wish comes t
I really, really loved this one. Every page had something quotable and thought provoking. I loved the characters --their ticks and quirks. I love the underlying theme of this story. It's definitely something that has left an impression on me, and I love that in a book.

Beyond expectations.
This is the type of story that catches you off guard. There is a huge turn. You don't expect anything. You have big hopes in the beginning and then they slowly start to deteriorate as the story progresses. This is the type of story that I would recommend for someone who is slightly melancholic. It is a solemn read. There is much sadness. It causes you to search into the depths of your soul as the main character does. The narrator is third-person but has a deep look into the mind of the main char ...more
Mariam Abood
This book was absolutely stunning, it was a shame it didn't contain any of Wilde's poetry or De Profundis but other than that this book was wonderful. The beautiful purple cover with the patterns and gold pages just made this a pleasure to read, I enjoyed picking this up and the feel of it.

The only downside to this is obviously I can't fit this in my handbag, but collection books are supposed to go in handbags so I'm being a little petty.

Wilde is a phenomenal writer and it was a shame his life
Johnny Waco
An entertaining marriage of the gothic and the decadent, two genres that often overlapped, just never before with quite so many witticisms. Wilde's prose is deliriously easy to read, skating along on a shiny surface of rapid-fire exchanges and facile summaries of the fin-de-siècle worldview, but there are certainly some intriguing things going on beneath that surface. The link between outer beauty and inner beauty, so beloved by the Renaissance, is reexamined but not necessarily disproven, just ...more
Deyaa Sabry

الفكرة ألمعية , التناول طفولي بعض الشيء , او الترجمة بسطت الأسلوب للغاية

دوريان جراي
محاولة عن الهوية الانسانية

شبح كانترفيل
كلاسيكية ساخرة

الأمير السعيد
أفلاطونية بديعة

طفل النجوم
تقليدية سخيفة

العملاق الأناني
كلاسيكية جيدة

المليونير المثالي
سخيفة و ساخرة في نفس ذات الوقت

العندليب والوردة
أفلاطونية أيضا ونهاية ساخرة

الصديق المخلص
تأكيد على نزعة أوسكار وايلد لتجسيم انعدام بعض المثل الانسانية العامة

Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لما قرات الروايه دي افتكرت الفيس وتويتر واسك... مش عارف فين وجه الشبه بينهم وبين الروايه بس دايما الناس عليهم بيتحولوا لاشخاص اطهر وانبل وارقي منهم في الحقيقه وكانهم جراي واللوحه هي حياتهم...
الفكره عبقريه.. واتمني الا اسقط في بئر نفاق النفس يوما..
الانسان ليه دايما وجهان وجه يراه الناس ووجه يراه هو وحده..
Cris Mtz
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Siempre es bello regresar a tus máximas maestro Wilde. A tu sensibilidad, tu sentido del valor. Tú amor al ser humano, siempre refiriendo en tu obra a Platón, en el cual evoca al amor más puro y sublime que se tiene hacia quien te da la mano, quien te apoya en los momentos de mayor necesidad.
Mina Safwat
الإحساس أثمن ما في الوجود و في سبيل الإحساس يهون كلّ شيء
من اجمل ما قال اوسكار وايلد
Kluxorious Kluxces
full review soon

Story 5/5
Character 5/5
Development 5/5
Enjoyment 4/5
Style of writing 4/5
Overall 4.6/5
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25/5 Stars

First off, I fell in love with Oscar Wilde's works when I first saw The Importance of Being Earnest when I was 13. So why not finally sit down and read the rest of his works?

Since this novel was a collection, I shall be breaking this review into parts.

Part One: The Picture of Dorian Gray

This book did not begin how I thought it would. Since it is such a well known classic, I thought I would begin with Dorian Gray already knowing about the painting. Instead, it started with him being a
Marlon P.S
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leer a Wilde es como abrir una cortina que no nos dejaba ver clara la realidad, su prosa es de una forma única ya que contiene elementos del día a día que olvidamos prestarle atención, los diálogos son magistrales, por otro lado, el bien y el mal son expuestos sin moralejas, por momentos me recordó a Dickens.

Lo que me llamó la atención es la facilidad de provocar debates luego de leer cualquier obra; debido a que el comportamiento humano por momentos racional y en otros animal. De igual forma c
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many reviews exist on Goodreads that I don’t have anything fresh to add. Suffice to say that Wilde’s novella is a fascinating look at the psychology of self-love and self-loathing. I often wish that I could come up with as many clever quips and comments as Wilde.

This novella does not age like the attic-locked portrait. Read it for the joy of the language and the insight into the horror and depths that humans too often find within their own souls.
The Picture of Dorian Gray- 2 stars (not my cuppa)
The Happy Prince- 3.5 stars
The Birthday of the Infanta- 0 stars (pisses me off to no end)
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime- 2.5 stars

Avg 2 (The Picture of Dorian Gray is by far most of the book so it makes sense to me. I had wanted to give stuff a better rating because "beloved classic" but...these are my feels so *shrugs*)
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically, Phenomenal!

When the first sentence started with, ' odor of roses,' I thought, oh boy, it's that kind of story.

I started this book, and finished it in a little over a day and a half. I couldn't put it down. I was browsing through a .99 cent shop when I saw this book sitting on a shelf along with some others, and I thought, well, I need to read the classics eventually anyway, so just grabbed it. There's a fascinating introduction that I'm sure was added in later, but it talks about
Catherine Conley
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread this one with my AP seniors, who haven't been too enthusiastic about what we'd been reading so far. I chose this one because I thought they would respond to the length. And they did, with the help of guided reading questions. The prose is beautiful. Lord Henry's quips and Dorian's obsession with beauty and sensation at all costs is still quite relevant, perhaps even more so not than when it was first written. I did find myself uncomfortable at times with Lord Henry's declarations about ...more
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