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DetailsTHE SOUL IS A TERRIBLE REALITY. IT CAN BE BOUGHT AND SOLD AND BARTERED AWAY.Meet Dorian Gray, the beautiful young man with an impossibly charming face and spirit. As he sits for Basil Hallward-a deeply moral artist and a friend of the impish Lord Henry-who becomes obsessed with his beauty and wants to paint him, Dorian is enchanted by the perfection of his portrait.But, influenced by the well-phrased epigrams of the hedonist Lord Henry on the transience of youth and beauty, Dorian becomes jealous of it and wishes that the portrait bear the scars of his passing youth and age, while he would remain young forever.And Alas, his wish comes true!Enticed into dissolution and degradation while his portrait is aging in the attic, Dorian engages in scandals and sinful pleasures. We see him go from good to evil. But is he any happier?The only novel written by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an arresting moral commentary and a classic example of Gothic fiction. With an unparalleled depiction of the Faustian bargain, this parable of aesthetic ideal remains a literary masterpiece almost 125 years after its publication.THE PREFACE:The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.The highest as the lower form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is a hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban (A boorish, ignorant slave) seeing his own face in aglass.The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid.The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art. From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of feeling, the actor's craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work or art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.All art is quite useless.- OSCAR WILDE.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born in Dublin in 1854 as Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, Oscar Wilde was educated at home till the age of nine. He attended the Portora Royal School, Enniskillen from 1864 to 1871. In 1874, he graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where he won many prizes including the Berkley Gold Medal for Greek. In the same year, with a scholarship, he entered the Magdalen College, Oxford. He became well known for his role in the aesthetic and decadent movements.In 1878, Wilde won the Newdigate Prize for his poem Ravenna. His first play, 'Vera: or the Nihilists', printed privately in 1880, did not meet much success. 'Poems' was published in 1881. He spent the next few years on lecture tours in U.S., Canada, and London. He came to be known for his glittering conversations, biting wit and flamboyant attires. In early 18863, while he was in Paris, Wilde wrote 'The Duchess of Padua' - a five-act melodramatic tragedy in Blank verse - for the actress Mary Anderson who turned it down. It was first performed after years under the title Guido Ferranti, at the Broadway Theatre, New York in 1891. In mid-1887 he became the editor of The Lady's World magazine, renaming it The Woman's World.Wilde refined his ideas about art, its purpose and supremacy, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). Continuing his interest in theatre he wrote 'Salome', a play in one act, in 1891. Originally written in French it tells the Biblical story of Salome, the stepdaughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas. Published jointly in Paris and London in 1893, it was not performed until 1896. Wilde became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian London after producing four comedies- Lady Windermeres Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest. First performed in 1895 in collaboration with George Alexander at St. Jamess Theater, London, The Importance of Being Earnest was considered Wildes masterpiece and continues to remain his most popular play.In 1895, Wilde sued Queensberry for libel but evidences unearthes in the trial led to his own imprisonment. He was convicted and imprisoned for two years. In 1897, he wrote a long letter to Douglas, which was published in 1905 as De Profundis. After his release from the reading gaol in 1897, he lived abroad in exile. 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol', published in 1898, was his last work. In this long poem, he commemorates the prison life and narrates the execution of Wooldridge who murdered his wife for infidelity. Wilde died in 1900 at the age of 46, in Paris.The celebrated playwright's life and his works continue to fascinate the literary and non-literary world. Since his death a number of biographies have been published, the earliest being memoirs by those known to him. Many of his plays and his only novel have also been adapted into movies.
SKU Code PRK B 2273 Weight in Kg 0.1800 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9788175993082 Author Name OSCAR WILDE Publisher Name FINGERPRINT