The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Product Number: C1724
Released: Apr 17, 2002
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ISBN: #9781402521003
Narrator/s: Steven Crossley
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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 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 catalogues every evil deed by turning his once handsome features into a hideous mask. When Gray destroys the painting, his face turns into a human replica of the portrait, and he dies.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. Publication of the novel scandalized Victorian England, and The Picture of Dorian Gray was used as evidence against Wilde in his 1895 trial for homosexuality. The novel became a classic of English literature.

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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Narrator(s): Steven Crossley
Product Number Z2396
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449879020
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Mystery
Product Number Z100104212
Released: Apr 19, 2016
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ISBN: #9781520004150
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Product Number EB00051277
Released: Aug 22, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470399504
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Product Number EB00670779
Released: May 17, 2016
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Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: #9781467798198
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classics, Horror
Product Number EB00522014
Released: Aug 19, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781551997391
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classics
Product Number EB00676976
Released: Jul 13, 2016
Business Term: 1 Year
ISBN: #9781625587534
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Product Number EB00630011
Released: Dec 22, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Sayre Street Books
ISBN: #9781772751017
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Product Number EB00684416
Released: Aug 31, 2016
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Sayre Street Books
ISBN: #9781772753653
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Product Number EB00751954
Released: Jan 24, 2019
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Clydesdale
ISBN: #9781945186219
Text
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Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Product Number 44566
Released: Nov 20, 1997
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ISBN: #9781419385285
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Product Number 13701
Released: Nov 20, 1997
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Publisher: Unknown Publisher
ISBN: #9780440369141

Professional reviews

"Steven Crossley provides a riveting performance of Oscar WildeÕs classic tale of morality, hypocrisy, and depravity. WildeÕs subtle, ironic comments are handled with ease by Crossley. He delivers Dorian GrayÕs fateful statement - -ÒIf it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! . . . I would give my soul for that!Ó -- with all the flamboyance of the young British sophisticate. CrossleyÕs delivery of the lighthearted banter between nineteenth-century fashionable folk is musical; whereas, as GrayÕs dissipation becomes evident, he creates spine-tingling horror. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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