The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by Oscar Wilde


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Horror hides behind an attractive face in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's tale of a notorious Victorian libertine and his life of evil excesses. Though Dorian's hedonistic indulgences leave no blemish on his ageless features, the painted portrait imbued with his soul proves a living catalogue of corruption, revealing in its every new line and lesion the manifold sins he has committed. Desperate to hide the physical evidence of his unregenerate spirit, Dorian will stop at nothing—not even murder—to keep his picture's existence a secret.
A scandalous story when it was first published in 1890, The Picture of Dorian Gray is acknowledged as a landmark of literature today and a tale emblematic of its time. This volume is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed foil-stamped binding, with distinctive colored edging and an attractive ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for any home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435159587
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 03/27/2015
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 830
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet who delighted Victorian England with his legendary wit. He found critical and popular success with his scintillating plays, chiefly The Importance of Being Earnest, while his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, scandalized readers. Imprisoned for two years for homosexual behavior, Wilde moved to France after his release, where he died destitute.

Date of Birth:

October 16, 1854

Date of Death:

November 30, 1900

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Paris, France


The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Blitzismydog More than 1 year ago
This story is a marvelous reflection of Victorian society and its debates about aestheticism. Are beautiful things and people of value simply because of their appearance? Is beauty a valid quality by which to judge people? The Victorians were truly dazzled by appearance and splendid presentation, and obsessed with tiny details of social life... I'd say Wilde's response is obvious to readers. Wilde examines the value of 'mere' beauty by telling the story of Dorian Gray, a physically perfect specimen who, upon viewing his latest portrait, becomes quite enamoured of his young, handsome self and deeply regrets that aging will diminish his current perfection. Dorian has a very influential friend who is also handsome, older and wiser, and who counsels Dorian to care only about himself, to exploit women, and indeed to exploit the innocence and naivete of all the young people he meets in society. Dorian grown to judge people by their appearance, their wealth, and other superficial characteristics. Leading his life in this way, of course, leads to a very ugly ending. This should be required reading in high school, when appearance seems to dominate everything. The Kardashians would not understand it. Thank you, Oscar, for a highly entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, nice affordable collectible. I always prefer leather or cloth binding, but I really like this (surprisingly durable) cover for the price I bought it for. Very pleased with this purchase.
pmtracy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is about both a literal portrait of Gray and the figurative painting of his character to be one of self-indulgence and Victorian decadence and excess.Gray is described to be of exceptionally striking physical appearance. At the start of the novel, he is somewhat modest and unaware of his effect on others. After the creation of his portrait by the artist Basil Hallward, he sees himself as others do and he declares that the portrait should bear the burdens of his ¿passions and sin¿ rather than suffering them himself. He gets his wish.As he grows older in a chronological sense, Gray begins to take advantage of his looks and develops a narcissistic personality. His life of wealth and privilege leads to a sense of entitlement and self-righteousness that Gray uses to justify even the most despicable acts.Gray wiles away his time by over-indulging his senses. Wilde meticulously describes Gray¿s intense interest in the art of perfumery, art, and music; a product of Wilde¿s involvement in the Aesthetic Movement. After indulgences, Gray deadens his senses through the use of opium. Because he feels no direct connection to life lacking the threat of death, Gray has no real purpose. While he is a deplorable character, you feel for his sense of displacement and longing.Oscar Wilde¿s works are highly quotable. Dorian Gray has a few impudent characters that epitomize Victorian attitudes towards women. Sayings like ¿The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.¿ don¿t go over well today but must have been incredibly funny in their time.
A_Metapod_from_Texas More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book it was purely for how beautiful it was and that made what it was about all the better. Wonderful book, excellent quality, there isn't a better way to read this story than from a fine crafted leather bound version than this, really, if you like this book then order this version. 
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I love the story and the ideas it puts forward. Not to mention that this edition is beautiful to look at.
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sierrajay More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as a gift for a friend (it is one of my favorites), and was sorely tempted to keep it myself. The book is gorgeous and does justice to the writing inside. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Picture of Dorian Gray is an amazing book filled with so many ideas that make you question your own life and realky makes you think. There wete a few spots i gound a little hard to fallow but over all i loved the book .
sistina63 More than 1 year ago
I've owned this book in many formats over the years and I've always enjoyed reading Oscar Wilde. The Leatherbound Classic Series is a great value and a joy to own. sistina
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! My first ever by Oscar Wilde and I was left deeply impressed. The development of Dorian Gray is as unmatched as the book itself. Easily the most beautiful book I own, i would buy this again any day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited to recieve this. I loved the story and fell in love with this edition. The cover is beautiful (though the gold on the spine has worn a little) and the pages are thick and green-edged and error free. I recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story. I found it interesting. As for the others' reviews - I would like to point out that it was actually published as The Picture of Dorian Gray, not portrait. Also, the edges of the pages are green because the cover of Wuthering Heights is green and it's page edges are a purpley brown color. The tie the colors of these together -- like Jane Eyre and Dracula.
Book-fan95 More than 1 year ago
I just love this book, it's fantastic in all ways. The cover is so beautiful that you will want to keep it where everyone can see it. The story is well written and a classic. The leather is beautiful and the book is well bound. But spite that the book does have a few faults. For one thing I would have preferred the sides to be white or golden but not green. In my mind it just doesn't match the leather. Also the spelling. I've seen a couple grammar errors, most minor but I was quite surprised seeing the icelandic letter Æ, me being Icelandic.
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FeonaP More than 1 year ago
First, the only thing that I will say is that when I first read this story by Oscar Wilde, the title was "The Portrait of Dorian Gray." It is a little odd that they would change the title of a classic, but perhaps the first edition I read was the one that was mistaken. This bit of confusion is the reason for my 4 star rating instead of 5. The leather is beautiful, and the print is a great size for those of us who have or have family that cannot read small print. The quality of the pages themselves is nice as well. It is a thick and sturdy book. However, just because it is a good quality book that does not mean it does not require the standard care such as a dry, humidity controlled room away from where one dines. Because the cover is leather, it will shrink when it comes in contact with water, which will cause a tear in it. :) Just keep that in mind. NOW TO THE STORY. I find the story quite captivating. Dorian Gray at first is seen as this young man of perfect society and upbringing, the classic Victorian man. However, Wilde does not sugarcoat anything. He criticizes the beautiful society and shows the hideous side that is right under everyone's jabot (well, mostly just Dorian's and his cruel interactions with those around him). The beginning I feel is a little slow moving, but that is supposed to be expected in order to establish the setting and the characters. Oscar Wilde is a brilliant author and though this story does not showcase his dry and witty humor as much as his other works, it has stood the test of time and is a great example of just pure, wonderful writing.
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BarNapkin More than 1 year ago
I have always wanted to ready this book for a great many years. When I saw this cover I said to myself "I want to plotz". The cover is so unique, it is a match for the Beautiful Dorian Gray himself. When I was reading this leather bound book, I felt like I was being transported back into the Victorian era. This book is beautifully crafted and the story is masterfully written. Mazel Tov to Barnes and Noble for making a classic I will cherish. I am looking forward to many more leather classics like this!
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