The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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Wilde’s only novel first published in 1890 is a brilliantly designed puzzle intended to tease convensional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art life and consequences. From its provocative Preface challenging the reader to believe in art for art’s sake to its sensational conclusion the story self-consciously experiments with the notion of sin as an element of design. Yet Wilde himself underestimated the consequences of his experiment and its capacity to outrage the Victorian establishment. Its words returned to haunt him in his court appearances in 1895 and the later recalled the note of doom which runs like a purple thread through its carefully crafted prose.