The Picture of Dorian Gray - Classics in Large Print (Large Print / Paperback)
Eyesight not as good as it once was? But you still want to hold and read real books? And you love the great works of literature? Do you love reading and re-reading the most popular stories ever written? But are they hard to read because of your being visually impaired or fading eyesight? You're not alone. Millions of readers still prefer the joy and comfort of holding a real book in their hands and slowly turning the pages. If that is you, then here's some good news. Welcome to your discovery of "Classics in Large Print." This new series, making use of the latest in printing methods for seniors and visually impaired readers, is making available many of the greatest books ever written. Yes. All of these great books are available immediately at reasonable prices. They will arrive in the mail within a few days of your ordering them. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY is a philosophical novel by the writer Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. The magazine's editor feared the story was indecent, and without Wilde's knowledge, deleted roughly five hundred words before publication. Despite that censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers, some of whom said that Oscar Wilde merited prosecution for violating the laws guarding the public morality. In response, Wilde aggressively defended his novel and art in correspondence with the British press, although he personally made excisions of some of the most controversial material when revising and lengthening the story for book publication the following year. Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty; he believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for the new mode in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life. Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied and amoral experiences; all the while his portrait ages and records every soul-corrupting sin.