Readers' Review: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
In the preface of his 1891 novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” Oscar Wilde writes "diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital". He would no doubt be pleased to know that his book with its themes of beauty, art, pleasure, and hedonism has been generating a diversity of opinion for more than one hundred years. But Oscar Wilde’s book fared far better than he. A few years after its publication, he faced charges of “gross indecencies”, and went from being a British celebrity to a broken, penniless man living in exile. Join us for this month's Readers Review, a discussion of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, by Oscar Wilde.
associate professor of English. Virginia Commonwealth University
editor, "The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition by Oscar Wilde"
director of creative writing at George Washington University, author of seven novels, including "Bandbox," "Henry and Clara," and "Dewey Defeats Truman." Among his nonfiction books are "A Book of One's Own," "Stolen Words," and "Mrs. Paine's Garage." He's a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker," "The Atlantic Monthly," and other magazines.
former reporter for "The New York Times"