The Picture of Dorian Gray
BY Oscar Wilde
“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.” -Goodreads
Lately I’ve been picking classic after classic to listen to while working. I am glad I picked this one because it had a great narrator through Librivox. For those who don’t know, Librivox is a free app that has pretty much all of the classics available for free.
When I was in high school I was supposed to read The Picture of Dorian Gray for a Lit class, being the fantastic student I was, I sparknoted the last 2/3rds of the novel and then promptly forgot about the entire story. So listening to the story this time was essentially my first time.
Honestly the only reason I rated this novel so low was because I don’t really like horror-y scary things and this novel has many elements like that. Other than that it was an intriguing story with subliminal homosexuality and struggling with sin.
If you like horror-y scary things I say go for it, if not I’d recommend you stay away.