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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The effects of Tropical Storm Dorian will be reaching my part of the world around the time this week’s post goes live, so I thought why not make “Dorian” this week’s theme and review a favorite of mine: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Wilde published The Picture of Dorian Grey during the “Gay Nineties”—that is, the 1890s, during the reign of Queen Victoria in England. It gained quite a bit of criticism for being indecent and faced censorship, with an uncensored version only published more than 100 years later (read about it at Harvard University Press). For a work that is generally considered a Great Classic of English Literature, it is surprisingly approachable, assuming you are a fan of, or can at least tolerate, the gothic genre. To this day, it remains very relatable, not to mention highly quotable.

“With an evening coat and a white tie, as you told me once, anybody, even a stock-broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.”

—page 9

How it got published: Amidst great controversy
Rating: Timeless classic


Wilde, Oscar. (1891). The Picture of Dorian Gray. London: Ward Lock & Co. Read it for free


Review finished: September 3, 2019
Review published: September 5, 2019

Featured image in this post is from the 1891 Ward Lock & Co edition

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