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Picture of Dorian Grey
Picture of Dorian Grey | Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. The magazine's editor feared the story was indecent, and without Wilde's knowledge, deleted roughly five hundred words before publication. Despite that censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers, some of whom said that Oscar Wilde merited prosecution for violating the laws guarding the public morality. In response, Wilde aggressively defended his novel and art in correspondence with the British press, although he personally made excisions of some of the most controversial material when revising and lengthening the story for book publication the following year.
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kellock
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I enjoyed it even if it did take me a while to finish the serial read.

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Mehso-so

Finally got round to reading Dorian Gray. I think it suffered by being such a well known story and even for all Wilde‘s humorous and often quoted quips, it couldn‘t meet my expectations. Still, its originality shines! 6/10

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Awk_Word_Smith
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But we love ya, Paul!

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nanuska_153
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To me, Lord Henry is the most unethical character of the book, but "One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner" is quite a good ethical rule to follow.

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LiteraryChanteuse
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It‘s time for me to get a #classic off my tbr list .

dabbe Ooh, you're in for a treat! 🤩 2mo
LiteraryChanteuse Thanks @dabbe I‘m looking forward to it. 2mo
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I had only read Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' before (a fav), and I was worried going in that this would be a more serious & therefore drier read. I should have had more faith in his writing. While definitely more serious, this was just as engrossing & fascinating. His character descriptions are so detailed & you can't help but be drawn into the devastating story
#LGBTQ2024 published before 2000 @Kenyazero
#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
PaperbackPirate I‘ve been meaning to read this for so long! Thank you for the reminder to bump it up the list! 2mo
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Kitta
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Inspired by @TheAromaofBooks I bought myself my favourite book in this beautiful copy by Chiltern Classics.

So pretty! 😍

I think I own 4 copies of The Picture of Dorian Gray now, but always love a new cover.

peanutnine Gorgeous! 😍 3mo
tpixie Absolutely beautiful 😍 3mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks It's hard to resist those gorgeous Chiltern Classics!!! Always happy to influence others to buy pretty books 😂 Whatever you do, don't visit this website - https://beautifulbooks.info/ - which has loads of special/very pretty editions of everything haha 3mo
Kitta @TheAromaofBooks oh no I clicked it!! 😂 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Danger!! 😂 I've been particularly obsessed with the reprints of Agatha Christie's books, which are lovely little hardbacks with beautiful end papers. https://beautifulbooks.info/illustratedbibliographies/illustrators-and-authors/a... 3mo
Kitta @TheAromaofBooks oh wow those are lovely. I‘m quite taken with quite a few of the options and am eyeing these up: https://beautifulbooks.info/beehive-illuminated-editions/ and https://beautifulbooks.info/signature-gilded-editions/ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh no, those are amazing!! I may have to indulge in the Gilded edition of Little Women - that's my book that I find myself owning far too many copies of! 3mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Happy Sunday, Littens! 📚

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kellock
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Rejoining serial reader. Might make me stop working through lunch!

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Bookworm54
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It took me a few chapters to get into it (and boy were all these men dramatic!) but overall I enjoyed it. Like with a lot of the classics I think more is left to the imagination than adaptations would have you believe (Jekyll and Hyde, Dracula etc all fall into this category). It is atmosphere more than shock value.
Also why are 90% of the book covers and adaptations of a black haired Dorian Gray when he has golden hair? 🤔

#Roll100 #DoubleSpin

TieDyeDude I remember really enjoying this book! If I have seen any of the adaptations, they haven't been very memorable 😜 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 6mo
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Bookbuyingaddict
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Happy 😃 Halloween 🎃 finally gotten around to reading this after blowing the dust off !
#halloweenreading #spookyreads
#octobertbr #bookbingo
#doublespin

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Pip2
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A dramatic presentation and further proof that the soul is connected to the body, you can be vain and desirable on the outside but neglecting on what is on the inside can inhibit one from a life that is meaningful and beyond reproach which can have negative consequences to those around you. Throwing issues under the rug will further perpetuate a toxic complex as your innate self will not be able to disband from an unsettled issue that has meaning.

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IndoorDame
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Eggs Brilliant 🎶🎶 10mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Finally getting around to reading this classic. I‘ve read several of Wilde‘s plays but had missed his only novel. And boy it‘s a doozy. It kicks off with Wilde‘s trademark wit and verbal sparring. Then it starts to take a turn and just gets darker and darker. Completely enthralling.

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Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 11mo
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The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the most delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.
#ThePictureOfDorianGray #OscarWilde #firstline #openingline #book #books #bookworm #bookworms #bookwormlife #Classics #Fiction #Horror #Fantasy #Gothic #Literature #Novels #19thCentury #LGBT #Audiobook 💘💘

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Blueberry
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A favorite that popped up on my FB memories 😉

TheBookHippie 😂😂😂 12mo
dabbe Awesomeness. 😎😍😀 12mo
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Eggs 🖤🎼🩶 14mo
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BarbaraJean
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It‘s a rainy day today, and I‘m working from home, so I‘ve made myself a lovely pot of “Dorian Gray” tea. Thinking of @TheBookgeekFrau with my mug choice!

TheBookgeekFrau Love it!! 💞😁 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your mug ☕️ 1y
Tea_and_Starstuff A most excellent mug 1y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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This cover is so cool that it‘s got me wondering if I want to read it, actually?

Rissreads So did you? I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Rissreads, I haven‘t and I feel like other media has kind of given away the entire story - so it‘s not really a priority, even with such a dashing cover. 8mo
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dabbe
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#MarchMagic
@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#BkBasedonPainting

I know I'm stretching this, but it's all I could think of!

Eggs 🖤🤍🖤 1y
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Dorian Gray is a young man, and has his portrait painted by a great painter. He realizes his beauty in the portrait and wishes that he would always look the same, and that the portrait would age instead. After dumping his girlfriend, he notices that the painting looks more harsh. He hides the painting as it grows hideous with his age.

anna.campmans Eventually, he slashes the painting. The police come and find the painting in perfect condition, but Dorian with a knife in his chest.

If you like classic English literature, you would like this book.

One theme in this book is the observation of human nature. Dorian‘s friend tells him about psychology and he spends the rest of his life observing those around him and thinking carefully about morals.
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MissYaremcio Nicely done Anna! If you enjoyed this one, you might enjoy Man of Feeling (it's on my bookshelf)! 6/6 1y
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abookdragonsretreat
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Such a lush and gothic classic filled with philosophical quotes and an intriguing narrative. I loved the plot and how it gets darker as the novel progresses. Definitely one of my favourite classics!

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GatheringBooks
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Eggs Perfect 🖤🤍🖤 1y
Bklover 👍👍 1y
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Cazxxx
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#manicmonday #letterp @CBee

📕 Tagged
✍️ Poe
🍿 Philadelphia
🎤 Pantera
🎵 Paradise City

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Ddzmini
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Love these from Litjoy beautiful 📚🥰

TheNeverendingTBR Love these editions! 😍 2y
Ddzmini @TheNeverendingTBR yes there great and there‘s illustrations 🤗📖 2y
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Gizmo86
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A leaving gift I got from a great colleague today as I start a new job 😁❤️🤓

rockpools How lovely! And congratulations 🥳 2y
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vivastory
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#SinisterArt Day 12
I first encountered Ivan Albright's paintings years ago during a visit to the Chicago Art Institute. One of the paintings I saw was his textured, unforgettable take on Wilde's novel. There is a link to the Art Institute site below, if you would like a better look of this mesmerizing & thoroughly unsettling work:
https://www.artic.edu/artworks/93798/picture-of-dorian-gray

StaceGhost So cool! I really love this! 2y
BarbaraBB Me too! 2y
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TheAromaofBooks

Hey #LMPBC #GroupV - Just checking in as I haven't heard anything in a while!! I haven't received a book from @jimfields3 yet and thought I would make sure that it hasn't gone astray!! I know that @Fredthemoose received the tagged book, but wasn't sure where all the rest were in the process 😂 @BeckyWiththeGoodBooks

fredthemoose I sent Slaughterhouse Five off to Becky a week or so ago and got through Dorian Gray faster than expected so will get that out soon as well. 2y
jimfields3 I‘m behind but will send out Scarlet Pimpernel in the next few days. Sorry! 😬 2y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I‘m behind as well! I‘m sorry! I will send out the The Bell Jar in the next few days. 2y
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TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose - Thank you for the update!!! @jimfields3 @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks - No worries, I just mostly wanted to make sure no books were lost in transit, which has definitely happened to me with #LMPBC books before!!! 2y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose @jimfields3 @TheAromaofBooks I am so sorry, friends, but I have Covid (for the second time), and am in insolation through Sunday. I will plan to mail The Bell Jar on Monday as long as I‘m feeling better. 😞 2y
TheAromaofBooks @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks - No worries!!! Life happens, especially with Covid 😑 Hopefully you are on the mend!!! 2y
jimfields3 I wish you a speedy recovery, @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks !! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Hey everyone!! I know this is a really busy time of year, but I was just curious as to where all our books are lol I received, read, and mailed The Scarlet Pimpernel but have never seen The Bell Jar or Slaughterhouse Five. Any thoughts? @jimfields3 @Fredthemoose @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks 2y
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BarkingMadRead
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August #bookspin done!! I‘m a month behind but I‘m determined to catch up!! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oooo I love your edition! I just read this one last month and I'm still thinking about it lol 2y
BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks the cover is pretty and it‘s got nice big words lol but I‘m pretty sure it‘s the abridged version although the listing on Amazon didn‘t say it was 🤷🏻‍♀️ it was really good! 2y
TheAromaofBooks The edition I read was saying that Wilde originally published the story as a serial, then when it was published as a full book he actually did a lot of editing and added multiple chapters. So maybe your version is the original instead of Wilde's updated version?? 2y
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BarkingMadRead
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For my neighborhood book club!

Mccall0113 I need a new neighborhood! 2y
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kkuester

“Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul... He becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him.“ - page 20

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SiameseCatsRead I love this story! So macabre. 2y
KathyWheeler That‘s an interesting cover. 2y
bthegood just checking in - how is the family? 🌞 2y
LostInSpace @bthegood hi! Sorry we‘ve all been so busy it‘s hard to remember to check Litsy! We are all good thanks! Kids getting so big, Ethan is crawling and everything now, he‘s nearly a year old! 2y
bthegood @LostInSpace so glad to hear it's Ethan and good things keeping you busy😊 enjoy your time with him 🥰 2y
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Creadnorthey
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This is a classic- some of it is a bit hard to take with the modern palette, but the story still holds while the philosophies still give one pause to think even now.

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Susanita
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1. Apparently I don‘t gravitate towards anti-hero books, because I had to google some lists to find ones I‘d read.
2. Tagged book is very good. The anti-hero is definitely not heroic.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2y
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vivastory
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I have been meaning to reread this for awhile now. #attic #savvysettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Eggs A classic! 2y
GatheringBooks Reread this with my daughter fairly recently and was shocked at how misogynistic it actually is! I loved this in my early 20s but reading it with my daughter (who loathed it by the way) has made me perceive this novel quite differently. We ended up abandoning it. 😭😭😭 2y
vivastory @GatheringBooks Interesting. I read it a long time ago as well. I have vivid memories associated with it as I was traveling through New England & had picked up a copy while visiting Salem, MA. I really haven't read any Wilde the past few years aside from his aphorisms which I still love 2y
Branwen Yes! Love this book! 📖❤ 2y
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Billie84

.“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing”

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TheBookHippie One of my favorites! 2y
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Sharv_Sona
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Wow... This book is truly amazing, and I absolutely loved it! I have to say, it‘s one of the best I‘ve read this year! This book had me so engrossed, I didn‘t even want to stop and post quotes, so I ended up taking pictures, and posting them all at once. I don‘t think that my words will do justice to the awe it has created so I‘ll leave it at, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Liatrek This has been on my TBR and I have this copy will bump up on my list for this year. 2y
Reyzl Ohhhh!!! My favourite author and one of my favourite books EVER!😍 We must have a conversation about the book very soon☝🏻 I am so happy to see this on your Litsy❤️ 2y
Sharv_Sona @Reyzl I eagerly await our conversation! I had decided to read this the moment you had mentioned that this book had to be your first post on Litsy. 🙃 (edited) 2y
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It had brought melancholy across his passions. Its mere memory had marred many moments of joy. It had been like conscience to him. Yes, it had been conscience. He would destroy it.