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The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray was a philosophical novel written by Mr. Oscar Wilde. It was first published in 1890, July on the regard of Lippincott’s monthly magazine. In general, this novel has brought much bad fame to Oscar Wilde in England. Even the publishers were affrighted to publish it. They tried eliminating 500 words in it without Wilde’s knowledge. However, the attempt was unsuccessful. Though they deleted the words, it still reverberated in the hearts of the British in a negative way. In response, Wilde defended his novel and art against the British press. This very story existed in two versions.

Oscar Wilde was born on 16th Oct, 1854. He was a fictional writer, critic and poet by profession. He like everyone did not lead a happy and jolly life like others do. He would speak English and French fluently. His most noteworthy works are The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. His genre was drama, short story, criticism etc. He was imprisoned. He, out of his sorrow told, “When first I was put into prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realizing what I am that I have found comfort of any kind. Now I am advised by others to try on my release to forget that I have ever been in a prison at all. I know that would be equally fatal. It would mean that I would always be haunted by an intolerable sense of disgrace, and that those things that are meant for me as much as for anybody else – the beauty of the sun and moon, the pageant of the seasons, the music of daybreak and the silence of great nights, the rain falling through the leaves, or the dew creeping over the grass and making it silver – would all be tainted for me, and lose their healing power, and their power of communicating joy. To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul”. His death was filled with agony at last.

Everyone has got to read the book to understand what exactly had happened in his life and why he was imprisoned.


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