About Oxford World’s Classics
For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics have brought readers closer to the world’s great literature, and for the first time they are being brought together on a single online resource.
Currently providing access to novels, and other writings, from the 18th and 19th century, you can support your research using the comprehensive introductions, clear explanatory notes, chronologies, and bibliographies available in every book.
Oscar Wilde and Joseph Bristow
‘‘The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it". When Dorian Gray has his portrait painted, he is captivated by his own beauty. Tempted by his world-weary, decadent friend Lord Henry Wotton, he wishes to stay forever young, and pledges his very soul to keep his good looks. Set in fin-de-siécle London, the novel traces a path from the studio of painter Basil Hallward to the opium dens of the East End. Combining elements of the supernatural, aestheticism, and the Gothic, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an unclassifiable and uniquely unsettling work of fiction.