The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's only novel, first published (edited) in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine it is a haunting dissertation on vanity, decadence, mortality and morality. This the longer and revised version published in book form in 1891 featured an aphoristic preface—a defence of the artist's rights and of art for art's sake—based in part on his press defences of the novel the previous year. The content, style, and presentation of the preface made it famous in its own right, as a literary and artistic manifesto.
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