• The Picture of Dorian Gray Full Novel Text Print

    Oscar Wilde

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    Have you ever wondered what it would look like to put every single word from the world’s favourite novels all on one page?

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    These beautiful prints are created using advanced cutting-edge printing technology to allow for crystal clear reproduction; you can effortlessly read these magical stories, or stand back and admire a design that is created exclusively by arranging each word into an image representative of the book itself.

    No word is obscured in any way, the overall effect is unbelievable, or your money back! Each piece forms part of a numbered edition of 500 and bears a hand set embossed logo.

    All art is sent in bespoke postal tubes bearing the logo of the company, and is protected by rolls of crimson tissue to ensure you receive the piece on perfect condition (or again, your money back!) This piece measures 50cm by 70cm.

    Synopsis

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by 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. 

    The longer and revised version of The Picture of Dorian Gray published in book form in 1891 featured an aphoristic preface—a defence of the artist's rights and of art for art's sake—based in part on his press defences of the novel the previous year. The content, style, and presentation of the preface made it famous in its own right, as a literary and artistic manifesto. In April 1891, the publishing firm of Ward, Lock and Company, who had distributed the shorter, more inflammatory, magazine version in England the previous year, published the revised version of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

     The only novel written by Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray exists in several versions: the 1890 magazine edition (in 13 Chapters), with important material deleted before publication by the magazine's editor, J. M. Stoddart; the "uncensored" version submitted to Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for publication (also in 13 chapters), with all of Wilde's original material intact, first published in 2011 by Harvard University Press; and the 1891 book edition (in 20 chapters). As literature of the 19th century, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an example of Gothic fiction with strong themes interpreted from Faust.

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