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February 08 , 2010

The Picture of Dorian Gray


The only novel written by Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray exists in two versions, the 1890 magazine edition and the 1891 book edition, the story he submitted for serial publication in Lippincott\'s Monthly Magazine. As literature of the 19th century, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an example of Gothic fiction with strong themes interpreted from the legendary Faust.Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian\'s beauty he believes that Dorian’s beauty is responsible for the new mode in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat\'s hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.Understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied and amoral experiences all the while his portrait ages and records every soul-corrupting sin.***\'O Retrato de Dorian Gray\' é um romance publicado por Oscar Wilde, considerado um dos grandes escritores irlandeses do século XIX. Foi publicado inicialmente como a história principal da Lippincott\'s Monthly Magazine em 20 de junho de 1890. Wilde depois reviu, alterou e ampliou essa edição, que foi publicada como a versão mais tarde por Ward, Lock e Company em abril de 1891.
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