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Jonas Pihl | 64 comments Mod
We'll stick to the gloom of A Clockwork Orange and The Road, but we're going in a different direction here. The winner of the poll is a real classic, and one that I am very excited to read! We'll be reading The Picture of Dorian Gray in May.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

First published in 1890.
Approx. 300 pages


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N.D. (ndvenus) | 57 comments Mod
Glad to change up the pace!


message 3: by Ben (new)

Ben | 22 comments Great pick. However, I read this one a few years ago, so I may sit out this month.

I do recall it being an excellent read and among the most readable books I have come across from the 1800s. Enjoy!


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