The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde

Rating: 4 stars

I very much enjoyed Wilde’s tale of a man whose portrait takes on the visage of age and sin rather than himself. My copy had a set of notes in the back (as Penguin Classics often do) which included the points where Wilde, or his editor, had made changes between the original serialised version and the compiled novel released a year or two later. It’s interesting to see how he toned down the gay overtones of the novel at that point.

The story is enjoyable, and while Gray’s nefarious exploits are rarely explicitly described, it’s probably the better for that.

Book details

ISBN: 9780375751516
Publisher: Random House: Modern Library
Year of publication: 1890

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