Oscar Wilde's tale of a Faustian pact in Victorian England, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is a both a slow-burning Gothic horror and a brilliant philosophical investigation of youth, beauty and desire. This "Penguin Classics" edition is edited with ...
an introduction and notes by Robert Mighall. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was a succes de scandale. Early readers were shocked by its hints at unspeakable sins, and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb. This definitive edition includes a selection of contemporary reviews condemning the novels immorality, and the introduction to the first "Penguin Classics" edition by Peter Ackroyd. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), son of an eminent eye-surgeon and a nationalist poet, was educated in Dublin and Oxford and became the leading exponent of the new Aesthetic Movement. His work, including short fiction such "The Happy Price" (1888), his novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1891), gradually won him a reputation, which was cemented by his phenomenally successful plays, including "A Woman of No Importance" (1893), "An Ideal Husband" (1895) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1895). Imprisoned for homosexual acts, he died after his release, in exile in Paris. If you enjoyed "The Picture of Dorian Gray", you might like Joris-Karl Huysmans' "Against Nature" ("A Rebours") Wilde's real-life inspiration for the novel that slowly corrupts "Dorian Gray", also available in "Penguin Classics".
Quante stelline posso assegnare? Datemele tutte! Un capolavoro. Non si può discutere. Wilde ha creato con arte pure qualcosa che da quando è nato continua ad essere moderno! Non dovrebbe mancare in nessuna libreria!
'There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral - immoral from the scientific point of view.''Why?''Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his'There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral - immoral from the scientific point of view.' 'Why?' 'Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here ofr. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion - these are the two things that govern us. And yet [...] I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream - I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all maladies of medievalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal - to something finer, richer, than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. [...] We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us. ... The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstruous laws have made monstruous and unlawful. ...Continua Nascondi
He pictured to himself with silent amusement the tedious luncheon that he had missed by staying so long with Basil Hallward. [...] the whole conversation would be about the feeding of the poor, and the necessity for model lodging-houses. Each classHe pictured to himself with silent amusement the tedious luncheon that he had missed by staying so long with Basil Hallward. [...] the whole conversation would be about the feeding of the poor, and the necessity for model lodging-houses. Each class would have preached the importance of those virtues, for whose exercise there was no necessity in their own lives. The rich would have spoken of the value of thrift, and the idle grown eloquent over the dignity of labour....Continua Nascondi