The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Jacket Illustrator: Ruben Toledo

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143106142
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


An iconic novel dressed in a fierce design by acclaimed fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo. See the other titles in the couture-inspired collection: Jane Eyre, Dracula, The Scarlet Letter, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice.

The Picture of Dorian Gray was a succès de scandale. Early readers were shocked by its hints at unspeakable sins and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895.

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray makes a Faustian bargain to sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian’s picture bears the traces of his decadence.

A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde, Jacket Illustrator: Ruben Toledo

Table of Contents

Further Reading
A Note on the Text

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Appendix 1: Selected Contemporary Reviews of The Picture of Dorian Gray

Appendix 2: Introduction to the First Penguin Classics Edition, by Peter Ackroyd


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