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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde

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Brown, Julia Prewitt. Cosmopolitan Criticism: Oscar Wilde’s Philosophy of Art. Charlottesvile: University Press of Virginia, 1997.

Ellmann, Richard, ed. Oscar Wilde: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1969.

Fido, Martin. Oscar Wilde. New York: Viking Press, 1973.

Gillespie, Michael Patrick. The Picture of Dorian Gray: What the World Thinks Me. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995.

McCormack, Jerusha Hull. The Man Who Was Dorian Gray. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.

Nicholls, Mark. The Importance of Being Oscar: The Life and Wit of Oscar Wilde. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1980.

Raby, Peter, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Roden, Frederick S., ed. Palgrave Advances in Oscar Wilde Studies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Norton Critical Edition, 2nd edition). Michael Gillespie, ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.

Womack, Kenneth. “‘Withered, Wrinkled, and Loathsome of Visage’: Reading the Ethics of the Soul and the Late-Victorian Gothic in The Picture of Dorian Gray.” In Victorian Gothic: Literary and Cultural Manifestations in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Ruth Robbins and Julian Wolfreys, 168–181. New York: Palgrave, 2000.

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by Aecio, April 14, 2013

In the end of the book, when Dorian stabs his cursed picture: Does it mean his soul is pure again, for his dead body now endures his age and sins while the picture that represented his soul is young again, or it's just about his curse being broken?

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Sparknotes is pissing me off today

by GrammarJunkie18, April 20, 2014

First of all, there are only 3 important characters in this book. They probably either represent the id, the ego, and the superego (obviously Lord Henry being the id, Dorian Gray being the ego, and Basil being the superego) or represent Dorian as a normal person with Lord Henry as the devil and Basil the voice of reason. I can't believe you're not even going to discuss this possibility at all!

Second of all, one of the major themes of the novel is paradoxes. Obviously. I mean, that's what Lord Henry does, starting with his very first ... Read more

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Selling his soul

by estefy913, April 29, 2014

Would Lord Henry, or maybe the subject of "influence", play the part of the devil in a sense since he did sell his soul? I am having difficulty determining who or what he sold his soul to?

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