Item description for The Picture of Dorian Gray (Ignatius Critical Editions) by Oscar Wilde & Joseph Pearce...
Overview In true Faustian tradition The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the tale of a young man who sells his soul to the devil in return for youthful immortality, only to discover that the "devil's bargain" is no bargain at all. "What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" When Dorian Gray is asked this question he knows the answer. He has learned his lesson the hard way and has destroyed the lives of others into the bargain. The moral is inescapable, making The Picture of Dorian Gray more than merely a classic of Victorian literature. It is a classic of Christian literature also. This edition of Wilde's novel is edited by Joseph Pearce, author of The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, and contains critical essays that look at the work from a tradition-oriented perspective. The Ignatius Critical Editions represent a tradition-oriented alternative to popular textbook series such as the Norton Critical Editions or Oxford World Classics, and are designed to concentrate on traditional readings of the Classics of world literature. Whereas many modern critical editions have succumbed to the fads of modernism and post-modernism, this series will concentrate on tradition-oriented criticism of these great works. Edited by acclaimed literary biographer, Joseph Pearce, the Ignatius Critical Editions will ensure that traditional moral readings of the works are given prominence, instead of the feminist, or deconstructionist readings that often proliferate in other series of 'critical editions'. As such, they represent a genuine extension of consumer-choice, enabling educators, students and lovers of good literature to buy editions of classic literary works without having to 'buy into' the ideologies of secular fundamentalism. The series is particularly aimed at tradition-minded literature professors offering them an alternative for their students. The initial list will have about 15 - 20 titles. The goal is to release three books a season, or six in a year
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2008
Publisher Ignatius Press
Series Ignatius Critical Editions
ISBN 158617262X ISBN13 9781586172626
Availability 0 units.
More About Oscar Wilde & Joseph Pearce
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is the author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Ritva Voutila has illustrated more than 50 children's books, including the Lost Islands series. She divides her time between fine art practice and illustration, and her artwork is held in collections worldwide.
Oscar Wilde lived in Dublin. Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 and died in 1900.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Picture of Dorian Gray (Ignatius Critical Editions)?
Great book May 3, 2010
This book is simply amazing. It is the first one that I read from Oscar Wilde and I have to admit I was amazed by how good he was in choosing the right words to form sentences. Dorian Gray is an amazing character and I think that it appeals to everyone in a certain way. It is a must-read.
Oscar Wilde knew something about human nature. Mar 25, 2010
This novel is one of the best classics available. It is more entertaining for its controversy value than for anything else. Lord Henry Wotton is probably the most engaging character in the entire novel, and one gets the impression he is the mouthpiece of Oscar Wilde himself. For the rest of this review, it will probably be enough to suggest you read it if you haven't, and include some quotes from Lord Henry:
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.
You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot.
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm.
I can sympathize with everything, except suffering.
Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.
"Can you remember any great error that you committed in your early days, Duchess?" he asked, looking at her across the table. "A great many, I fear," she cried. "Then commit them over again," he said gravely. "To get back one's youth, one has merely to repeat one's follies."
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Punctuality is the thief of time.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
My dear boy, no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.
The people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failure.
You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.
A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved.
To be popular one must be a mediocrity.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But it is better to be good than to be ugly.
A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.
Anybody can be good in the country.
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
Beware Mar 23, 2010
This is a perfect example of why Speculative Fiction exists. To allow us to see deeper into the human soul than we could otherwise. Although this book was short, it took me a good week to read. I kept having to put it down after a chapter or two so I could read something else. Every word seemed to suck me in while not making me want to read another sentence at the same time. I guess the fact that I was also reading Milton's Paradise Lost at the same time as Dorian Gray doesn't help cut down the long internal debates Dorian Gray forced into my skull. Either way, this novel is a must read for anyone who has even thought that self examination is a part of what it means to be alive. But beware. This book packs a punch.
So Pretty! Mar 17, 2010
I haven't actually had a chance to read the book yet, but there are plenty of reviews out there. I can say that aesthetically this is a beautiful edition. I hope that penguin continues to reprint classic novels in this style.
Beauty is only skin deep Mar 15, 2010
I loved the idea that someone's true nature can be portrayed on a canvas. Although a beatiful young man, Dorian finds that his debauchery and sin are not reflected by the state of his own body, but by the image cast in a painting. As Dorian continues his decline in morals, an interesting question arises. Kind of a "which came first, the chicken or the egg" type of thing. Was his soul corrupted by his lack of consequences for his mistakes? Or did the freedom merely let him unleash the evil that already poisoned his soul?