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Temporarily Out of Stock Online Please check back later for updated availability. About the Author. Date of Birth: October 16, Date of Death: November 30, Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Place of Death: Paris, France. Average Review. On returning to London, Dorian tells Lord Henry that he will live righteously from now on. Dorian wonders if his newfound goodness has reverted the corruption in the picture, but when he looks at it, he sees only an even uglier image of himself.
From that, Dorian understands that his true motives for the self-sacrifice of moral reformation were the vanity and curiosity of his quest for new experiences, along with the desire to restore beauty to the picture. Deciding that only full confession will absolve him of wrongdoing, Dorian decides to destroy the last vestige of his conscience and the only piece of evidence remaining of his crimes—the picture.
In a rage, he takes the knife with which he murdered Basil Hallward and stabs the picture. The servants of the house awaken on hearing a cry from the locked room; on the street, a passerby who also heard the cry, calls the police. On entering the locked room, the servants find an unknown old man stabbed in the heart, his figure withered and decrepit.
The servants identify the disfigured corpse by the rings on its fingers, which belonged to Dorian Gray. Beside him, the portrait is now restored to its former appearance of beauty. Oscar Wilde said that, in the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray , three of the characters were reflections of himself:. Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks of me: Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.
About the literary hero, the author Oscar Wilde said, "in every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust. In each story, the protagonist entices a beautiful woman to love him, and then destroys her life. In the preface to the novel , Wilde said that the notion behind the tale is "old in the history of literature", but was a thematic subject to which he had "given a new form".
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Unlike the academic Faust , the gentleman Dorian makes no deal with the Devil , who is represented by the cynical hedonist Lord Henry, who presents the temptation that will corrupt the virtue and innocence that Dorian possesses at the start of the story. Throughout, Lord Henry appears unaware of the effect of his actions upon the young man; and so frivolously advises Dorian, that "the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing. In chapter five, he writes: "He felt as if he had come to look for Miranda and had been met by Caliban".
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When Dorian tells Lord Henry about his new love Sibyl Vane, he mentions the Shakespeare plays in which she has acted, and refers to her by the name of the heroine of each play. Later, Dorian speaks of his life by quoting Hamlet , a privileged character who impels his potential suitor Ophelia to suicide, and prompts her brother Laertes to swear mortal revenge.
In the biography, Oscar Wilde , the literary critic Richard Ellmann said that:. The references in Dorian Gray to specific chapters are deliberately inaccurate. Some commentators have suggested that The Picture of Dorian Gray was influenced by the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli 's anonymously published first novel Vivian Grey as, "a kind of homage from one outsider to another. The Picture of Dorian Gray originally was a novella submitted to Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for serial publication. In , J. Stoddart, an editor for Lippincott, was in London to solicit novellas to publish in the magazine.
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Gill  at the Langham Hotel , and commissioned novellas from each writer. The literary merits of The Picture of Dorian Gray impressed Stoddart, but, as an editor, he told the publisher, George Lippincott, "in its present condition there are a number of things an innocent woman would make an exception to. British reviewers condemned the novel's immorality, and said condemnation was so controversial that the W H Smith publishing house withdrew every copy of the July issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine from its bookstalls in railway stations.
Wilde's textual additions were about "fleshing out of Dorian as a character" and providing details of his ancestry that made his "psychological collapse more prolonged and more convincing.
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The sub-plot about James Vane's dislike of Dorian gives the novel a Victorian tinge of class struggle. With such textual changes, Oscar Wilde meant to diminish the moralistic controversy about the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Consequent to the harsh criticism of the magazine edition of the novel, the textual revisions to The Picture of Dorian Gray included a preface in which Wilde addressed the criticisms and defended the reputation of his novel.
Earlier, before writing the preface, Wilde had written a book review of Herbert Giles 's translation of the work of Zhuang Zhou. The preface was first published in the edition of the novel; nonetheless, by June , Wilde was defending The Picture of Dorian Gray against accusations that it was a bad book.
The honest ratepayer and his healthy family have no doubt often mocked at the dome-like forehead of the philosopher, and laughed over the strange perspective of the landscape that lies beneath him. If they really knew who he was, they would tremble. In the 19th century, the critical reception of the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray was poor. Yet, most of the criticism was personal, attacking Wilde for being a hedonist with a distorted view of conventional morality of Victorian Britain.