This Academic Edition contains the full text of Oscar Wilde's classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as an Editor's Foreword, author bio, study guide with chapter breakdowns, and a complete set of chapter-based quizzes. The book is designed for classroom use by literature students, home-school families, and casual readers in search of a great story. In addition, the book features an interactive component, giving readers free access to an online classroom devoted to The Picture of Dorian Gray on the Virtual University website.
Dorian Gray is a remarkably handsome young man who views a painting of himself drawn by a friend and wishes that he could retain his youth and beauty, while the painting ages. His wish is granted, and he embarks on a life of debauchery and pleasure-seeking that leads to a predictably tragic end.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s first and only novel, often regarded as his most famous work, and one of the most controversial books of the late nineteenth century. Its daring embrace of decadence and sexuality sparked an uproar in Victorian-era England, as did Wilde himself, who fell under a scandalous cloud of his own making that landed him in prison. Today, his novel is widely regarded as one of the great Gothic horror tales, a suspenseful and thought-provoking masterpiece that is as disturbing as it is intriguing.