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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

April 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

featuring Kimberly J. Stern,  Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature


An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland’s greatest writers

Oscar Wilde’s only full-length novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a lasting gem of sophisticated wit and playfulness, which brings together all the best elements of his talent in a reinterpretation of the Faustian myth. The Guardian Bookshop

This timeless tale of Gothic horror and fable, reveling in the unabashed hedonism and cynical wit of its characters, epitomizes Wilde’s literary revolt against the proprieties of the Victorian era. —Signet Classics

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray was a sly, witty response to the aestheticism that flourished in England in the 1880’s: a cautionary tale about the relationship between life and art and about the dangers of confusing the two. —The New York Times

Art is not innocent, Wilde implies. Violence can be done in its name. Indeed, the twentieth century brought forth many Dorian Grays: fiendishly pure spirits so wrapped up in aesthetics that they become heedless of humanity. The New Yorker

It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb. Penguin Classics


Meeting Date: Wednesdays, April 6 and 13

Cost: $40, includes a copy of the book shipped to your home

Register online or call 919.962.1544


April 6, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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