Cantitate/Preț
Produs

The Picture of Dorian Gray

De (autor) Editat de Robert Mighall
Notă Books Express:  5.00 · o notă  
Notă GoodReads:
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 30 Jan 2003

'A triumph of execution ... one of the best narratives of the "double life" of a Victorian gentleman' Peter Ackroyd

Oscar Wilde's alluring novel of decadence and sin was a succès de scandale on publication. It follows Dorian Gray who, enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his depravity. This definitive edition includes a selection of contemporary reviews condemning the novel's immorality.

Edited with an Introduction and notes by ROBERT MIGHALL

Citește tot Restrânge
Toate formatele și edițiile
Toate formatele și edițiile Preț Express
Paperback (178) 1980 lei  25-37 zile +556 lei  5-11 zile
  Harper Collins Publishers – 02 Jul 2013 1980 lei  25-37 zile +556 lei  5-11 zile
  Dover Publications – October 1993 2674 lei  10-17 zile +645 lei  5-11 zile
  Penguin Books – 30 Jan 2003 2702 lei  10-17 zile +715 lei  5-11 zile
  Arcturus Publishing – August 2009 2727 lei  3-5 săpt.
  HarperCollins Publishers – 17 Jun 2021 2926 lei  24-30 zile +321 lei  5-11 zile
  Penguin Books – 28 Jun 2012 2981 lei  10-17 zile +709 lei  5-11 zile
  Oxford University Press – 17 Apr 2008 3458 lei  10-16 zile +653 lei  5-11 zile
  Clydesdale – 02 Jan 2018 3647 lei  3-5 săpt. +251 lei  11-19 zile
  Random House (UK) – August 2007 3711 lei  10-17 zile +870 lei  5-11 zile
  Penguin Random House Group – 2001 3719 lei  3-5 săpt. +256 lei  10-17 zile
  3977 lei  3-5 săpt. +289 lei  11-19 zile
  4242 lei  3-5 săpt. +310 lei  11-19 zile
  Penguin Books – April 2010 4281 lei  10-17 zile
  HarperCollins Publishers – 02 Sep 2021 4321 lei  25-37 zile +1076 lei  5-11 zile
  KUPERARD (BRAVO LTD) – 2000 4391 lei  10-17 zile +2059 lei  5-11 zile
  Alma Books COMMIS – August 2014 4435 lei  24-30 zile +489 lei  5-11 zile
  VINTAGE BOOKS – July 2011 4845 lei  10-17 zile +1196 lei  5-11 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 4890 lei  3-5 săpt. +363 lei  11-19 zile
  4946 lei  3-5 săpt. +367 lei  11-19 zile
  4969 lei  3-5 săpt. +369 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 5124 lei  3-5 săpt. +382 lei  11-19 zile
  5276 lei  3-5 săpt. +388 lei  11-19 zile
  Digireads.com – 2005 5312 lei  3-5 săpt. +482 lei  11-19 zile
  5341 lei  3-5 săpt. +400 lei  11-19 zile
  Serenity Publishers, LLC – August 2008 5361 lei  3-5 săpt. +548 lei  11-19 zile
  5370 lei  3-5 săpt. +402 lei  11-19 zile
  5374 lei  3-5 săpt. +402 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 5380 lei  3-5 săpt. +403 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 5414 lei  3-5 săpt. +405 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 5423 lei  3-5 săpt. +407 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 5473 lei  3-5 săpt. +410 lei  11-19 zile
  Simon & Brown – September 2010 5480 lei  3-5 săpt. +563 lei  11-19 zile
  5486 lei  3-5 săpt. +412 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 5489 lei  3-5 săpt. +413 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 5516 lei  3-5 săpt. +395 lei  11-19 zile
  5591 lei  3-5 săpt. +420 lei  11-19 zile
  5601 lei  3-5 săpt. +421 lei  11-19 zile
  5624 lei  3-5 săpt. +423 lei  11-19 zile
  5634 lei  3-5 săpt. +424 lei  11-19 zile
  5656 lei  3-5 săpt. +426 lei  11-19 zile
  Simon & Brown – 08 Nov 2018 5669 lei  3-5 săpt. +584 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 5674 lei  3-5 săpt. +428 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 5685 lei  3-5 săpt. +427 lei  11-19 zile
  5686 lei  3-5 săpt. +427 lei  11-19 zile
  5788 lei  3-5 săpt. +428 lei  11-19 zile
  Simon & Brown – 30 Sep 2018 5817 lei  3-5 săpt. +600 lei  11-19 zile
  5839 lei  3-5 săpt. +441 lei  11-19 zile
  5907 lei  3-5 săpt. +438 lei  11-19 zile
  5957 lei  3-5 săpt. +449 lei  11-19 zile
  5962 lei  3-5 săpt. +449 lei  11-19 zile
  Flame Tree Publishing – 30 May 2018 5978 lei  24-29 zile
  Reclam Philipp Jun. – June 1995 6085 lei  17-23 zile +484 lei  5-11 zile
  LEGEND PR – February 2021 6111 lei  24-30 zile +404 lei  5-11 zile
  FREDERICK SINGER & SONS – 08 Aug 2013 6170 lei  3-5 săpt. +638 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 6201 lei  3-5 săpt. +471 lei  11-19 zile
  Digireads.com – 19 Feb 2016 6229 lei  3-5 săpt. +645 lei  11-19 zile
  Denton & White – 6307 lei  3-5 săpt. +479 lei  11-19 zile
  6336 lei  3-5 săpt. +481 lei  11-19 zile
  6364 lei  3-5 săpt. +474 lei  11-19 zile
  Lector House – 20 May 2019 6395 lei  3-5 săpt. +663 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 6395 lei  3-5 săpt. +486 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 6407 lei  3-5 săpt. +486 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 6407 lei  3-5 săpt. +486 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 6534 lei  3-5 săpt. +497 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 6539 lei  3-5 săpt. +498 lei  11-19 zile
  6554 lei  3-5 săpt. +499 lei  11-19 zile
  6773 lei  3-5 săpt. +515 lei  11-19 zile
  6773 lei  3-5 săpt. +515 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 6806 lei  3-5 săpt. +520 lei  11-19 zile
  UNION SQUARE & CO – 07 May 2022 6837 lei  3-5 săpt. +499 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 6850 lei  3-5 săpt. +523 lei  11-19 zile
  6855 lei  3-5 săpt. +523 lei  11-19 zile
  Serenity Publishers, LLC – 16 Aug 2010 6878 lei  3-5 săpt. +717 lei  11-19 zile
  Klett Sprachen GmbH – 11 Nov 2014 6882 lei  17-23 zile +636 lei  5-11 zile
  CREATESPACE – 6911 lei  3-5 săpt. +527 lei  11-19 zile
  CANTERBURY CLASSICS – 10 Mar 2013 6934 lei  25-37 zile +3172 lei  10-17 zile
  Ancient Wisdom Publications – 18 Mar 2008 6937 lei  3-5 săpt. +724 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 6983 lei  3-5 săpt. +533 lei  11-19 zile
  7005 lei  3-5 săpt. +535 lei  11-19 zile
  7029 lei  3-5 săpt. +536 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 7062 lei  3-5 săpt. +540 lei  11-19 zile
  7188 lei  3-5 săpt. +549 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 7257 lei  3-5 săpt. +555 lei  11-19 zile
  7321 lei  3-5 săpt. +560 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 7327 lei  3-5 săpt. +561 lei  11-19 zile
  Samuel French, Inc. – 2011 7335 lei  3-5 săpt. +769 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 07 Dec 2015 7349 lei  3-5 săpt. +563 lei  11-19 zile
  7354 lei  3-5 săpt. +564 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 7510 lei  3-5 săpt. +576 lei  11-19 zile
  7713 lei  3-5 săpt. +582 lei  11-19 zile
  Bibliotech Press – 03 Aug 2019 7779 lei  3-5 săpt. +818 lei  11-19 zile
  7797 lei  3-5 săpt. +600 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 7894 lei  3-5 săpt. +607 lei  11-19 zile
  7922 lei  3-5 săpt. +610 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 7931 lei  3-5 săpt. +610 lei  11-19 zile
  8078 lei  3-5 săpt. +754 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 8142 lei  3-5 săpt. +628 lei  11-19 zile
  Woolf Haus Publishing – 20 May 2020 8198 lei  3-5 săpt. +606 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 8211 lei  3-5 săpt. +633 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 8337 lei  3-5 săpt. +644 lei  11-19 zile
  8375 lei  3-5 săpt. +634 lei  11-19 zile
  8464 lei  3-5 săpt. +654 lei  11-19 zile
  8513 lei  3-5 săpt. +658 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 8547 lei  3-5 săpt. +660 lei  11-19 zile
  Binker North – 1890 8552 lei  3-5 săpt. +801 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 8609 lei  3-5 săpt. +665 lei  11-19 zile
  FV éditions – 25 Nov 2020 8633 lei  3-5 săpt. +913 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 8687 lei  3-5 săpt. +672 lei  11-19 zile
  8714 lei  3-5 săpt. +674 lei  11-19 zile
  8714 lei  3-5 săpt. +661 lei  11-19 zile
  Camel Publishing House – 31 May 2020 8718 lei  3-5 săpt. +922 lei  11-19 zile
  Public Publishing – 31 May 2020 8718 lei  3-5 săpt. +922 lei  11-19 zile
  USA Public Domain Books – 31 May 2020 8718 lei  3-5 săpt. +922 lei  11-19 zile
  Susan Publishing Ltd – 31 May 2020 8718 lei  3-5 săpt. +922 lei  11-19 zile
  Barclays Public Books – 31 May 2020 8718 lei  3-5 săpt. +922 lei  11-19 zile
  Public Public Books – 31 May 2020 8732 lei  3-5 săpt. +924 lei  11-19 zile
  Toronto Public Domain Publishing – 31 May 2020 8732 lei  3-5 săpt. +924 lei  11-19 zile
  Yorkshire Public Books – 31 May 2020 8732 lei  3-5 săpt. +924 lei  11-19 zile
  Texas Public Domain – 31 May 2020 8732 lei  3-5 săpt. +924 lei  11-19 zile
  1st World Library – 8739 lei  3-5 săpt. +851 lei  11-19 zile
  Selfmadehero – September 2008 8777 lei  24-30 zile +716 lei  5-11 zile
  Public Park Publishing – 04 Jan 2020 8825 lei  3-5 săpt. +935 lei  11-19 zile
  8852 lei  3-5 săpt. +684 lei  11-19 zile
  Lulu.Com – 12 Jul 2019 8917 lei  3-5 săpt. +836 lei  11-19 zile
  8954 lei  3-5 săpt. +982 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 16 Dec 2015 9074 lei  3-5 săpt. +704 lei  11-19 zile
  Greyhound Press – 29 Sep 2014 9087 lei  3-5 săpt. +674 lei  11-19 zile
  Broadview Press – February 1998 9168 lei  24-29 zile
  Norilana Books – 10 Feb 2007 9221 lei  3-5 săpt. +867 lei  11-19 zile
  9268 lei  3-5 săpt. +719 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 9363 lei  3-5 săpt. +726 lei  11-19 zile
  Read & Co. Classics – 21 Jun 2018 9528 lei  3-5 săpt. +932 lei  11-19 zile
  Book Jungle – 13 Mar 2008 9558 lei  3-5 săpt. +1015 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 9585 lei  3-5 săpt. +745 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 9590 lei  3-5 săpt. +745 lei  11-19 zile
  Simon & Brown – 20 Nov 2018 9644 lei  3-5 săpt. +717 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 9715 lei  3-5 săpt. +755 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 9807 lei  3-5 săpt. +762 lei  11-19 zile
  iBoo Press – 03 Feb 2019 9820 lei  3-5 săpt. +730 lei  11-19 zile
  Adelphi Press – 10 Jun 2018 9898 lei  3-5 săpt. +737 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 9979 lei  3-5 săpt. +777 lei  11-19 zile
  10030 lei  3-5 săpt. +781 lei  11-19 zile
  10245 lei  3-5 săpt. +784 lei  11-19 zile
  Spastic Cat Press – August 2011 10436 lei  3-5 săpt. +779 lei  11-19 zile
  10520 lei  3-5 săpt. +805 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 10584 lei  3-5 săpt. +825 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 11082 lei  3-5 săpt. +866 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 11443 lei  3-5 săpt. +896 lei  11-19 zile
  11787 lei  3-5 săpt. +923 lei  11-19 zile
  CREATESPACE – 11915 lei  3-5 săpt. +934 lei  11-19 zile
  Les prairies numériques – 26 Jul 2020 11936 lei  3-5 săpt. +897 lei  11-19 zile
  Les prairies numériques – 27 Nov 2020 12058 lei  3-5 săpt. +906 lei  11-19 zile
  Sleeping Cat Books – 12113 lei  3-5 săpt. +1299 lei  11-19 zile
  12139 lei  3-5 săpt. +935 lei  11-19 zile
  Idylls Press – 12 Dec 2008 12395 lei  3-5 săpt. +1331 lei  11-19 zile
  12413 lei  3-5 săpt. +974 lei  11-19 zile
  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – 13823 lei  3-5 săpt. +1089 lei  11-19 zile
  TREDITION CLASSICS – 2013 14788 lei  3-5 săpt. +1596 lei  11-19 zile
  Hansebooks – 05 Nov 2020 23081 lei  3-5 săpt. +1764 lei  11-19 zile
  Martino Fine Books – 15 Jun 2011 3394 lei  6-8 săpt.
  LIGHTNING SOURCE INC – 31 Jul 2017 4831 lei  45-51 zile
  Elsinor Verlag – 03 Jun 2014 5664 lei  38-44 zile
  LIGHTNING SOURCE INC – 23 Sep 2018 6444 lei  17-23 zile
  LIGHTNING SOURCE INC – 29 Sep 2018 6444 lei  17-23 zile
  LIGHTNING SOURCE INC – 10 Oct 2018 6485 lei  17-23 zile
  6633 lei  38-44 zile
  Martino Fine Books – 26 Mar 2019 6678 lei  38-44 zile
  Elsinor Verlag – 29 Jul 2014 6813 lei  38-44 zile
  LIGHTNING SOURCE INC – 29 Sep 2018 6910 lei  17-23 zile
  7799 lei  38-44 zile
  SC Active Business Development SRL – 13 Oct 2016 8151 lei  38-44 zile
  Ali Ribelli Edizioni – 27 Apr 2020 9432 lei  38-44 zile
  Prince Classics – 11 May 2019 11092 lei  38-44 zile
  Throne Classics – 30 May 2019 11092 lei  38-44 zile
  Antiquarius – 22 Sep 2020 11195 lei  38-44 zile
  Antediluvian Books – 22 Dec 2016 11626 lei  38-44 zile
  Echo Library – 23 Jan 2006 11658 lei  45-51 zile
  Urban Romantics – 12 Aug 2011 11947 lei  38-44 zile
Hardback (32) 4592 lei  24-29 zile
  Collectors Library – September 2003 4592 lei  24-29 zile
  Pan Macmillan – 21 Mar 2017 4858 lei  3-5 săpt. +2578 lei  5-11 zile
  CHARTWELL BOOKS – 14 Dec 2021 5903 lei  24-30 zile +782 lei  5-11 zile
  Flame Tree Publishing – 15 Sep 2020 6702 lei  24-30 zile +404 lei  5-11 zile
  Penguin Books – 06 Nov 2008 8718 lei  10-17 zile +2239 lei  5-11 zile
  12th Media Services – 07 Mar 2019 9007 lei  3-5 săpt. +954 lei  11-19 zile
  chiltern publishing – 14 Aug 2020 9174 lei  24-30 zile +645 lei  5-11 zile
  10184 lei  3-5 săpt. +1085 lei  11-19 zile
  10778 lei  3-5 săpt. +1152 lei  11-19 zile
  UNION SQUARE & CO – 07 Jun 2022 11250 lei  3-5 săpt. +843 lei  10-17 zile
  11376 lei  3-5 săpt. +1217 lei  11-19 zile
  Public Park Publishing – 16 Jan 2020 11606 lei  3-5 săpt. +1243 lei  11-19 zile
  FV éditions – 25 Nov 2020 12761 lei  3-5 săpt. +1371 lei  11-19 zile
  14555 lei  3-5 săpt. +1625 lei  11-19 zile
  Norilana Books – 10 Feb 2007 15309 lei  3-5 săpt. +1467 lei  11-19 zile
  iBoo Press – 03 Feb 2019 15725 lei  3-5 săpt. +1192 lei  11-19 zile
  Calla Editions – 24 Jun 2016 16335 lei  24-30 zile +2391 lei  5-11 zile
  Simon & Brown – 20 Nov 2018 16530 lei  3-5 săpt. +1255 lei  11-19 zile
  1st World Library – 18142 lei  3-5 săpt. +1814 lei  11-19 zile
  Om Books International – 2015 18646 lei  3-5 săpt. +1794 lei  11-19 zile
  Borgo Press – 19449 lei  3-5 săpt. +1874 lei  11-19 zile
  TREDITION CLASSICS – 2013 20599 lei  3-5 săpt. +2242 lei  11-19 zile
  LIGHTNING SOURCE INC – July 1890 26456 lei  3-5 săpt. +2893 lei  11-19 zile
  Simon & Brown – 30 Sep 2018 13299 lei  38-44 zile
  Simon & Brown – 08 Nov 2018 13631 lei  38-44 zile
  Echo Library – 2007 16605 lei  45-51 zile
  Throne Classics – 30 May 2019 18575 lei  38-44 zile
  Prince Classics – 11 May 2019 18575 lei  38-44 zile
  Antiquarius – 22 Sep 2020 19105 lei  38-44 zile
  19380 lei  38-44 zile
  Lulu – 29 Sep 2015 20365 lei  45-51 zile
  Sirius Entertainment – November 2022 9024 lei  Precomandă
Legat în piele (1) 11817 lei  24-30 zile +812 lei  5-11 zile
  Sterling Publishing – February 2016 11817 lei  24-30 zile +812 lei  5-11 zile
CD-Audio (2) 9158 lei  10-17 zile +3939 lei  5-11 zile
  Penguin Books – 26 Sep 2019 9158 lei  10-17 zile +3939 lei  5-11 zile
  BBC AUDIOBOOKS – August 2010 11718 lei  45-51 zile
Electronic book text (1) 2105 lei  24-29 zile
  Flame Tree Publishing – June 2012 2105 lei  24-29 zile

Preț: 2702 lei

Preț vechi: 3859 lei
-30%

Puncte Express: 41

Preț estimativ în valută:
520 550$ 438£

Carte disponibilă

Livrare economică 02-09 iunie
Livrare express 28 mai-03 iunie pentru 1714 lei

Preluare comenzi: 021 569.72.76

Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780141439570
ISBN-10: 0141439572
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 17 mm
Greutate: 0.23 kg
Ediția: Revizuită
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin Classics
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.


Textul de pe ultima copertă

In Oscar Wilde's famous novel, Dorian Gray is tempted by Henry Wotton to sell his soul in order to hold on to beauty and youth. Dorian succumbs and murders the portrait painter Basil Haliward, who stands between him and his goal. Though in the end vice is punished and virtue rewarded, the novel remains one of the most important expressions of fin de siecle decadence. It is in the preface to the expanded edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray that Wilde coined the most famous expression of his aesthetic: "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well-written or badly-written. That is all."

Like other Broadview Editions, this edition includes a wide range of materials from the period that help to set the text in context. In particular, the editor locates the text both in relation to elements in the mainstream culture of the day (such as the aesthetes); and in relation to the gay subculture.


Recenzii

Reading and rereading Wilde throughout the years, I noticed something that his panegyrists had not, it seems, suspected: namely the verifiable, elementary fact that Wilde was virtually always right.
Wilde stood for art. He stood for nothing less all his life... He is still enormously underestimated as an artist and thinker... Wilde was a great writer and a great man.
Every line that Wilde ever wrote affected me so enormously.
I think The Picture of Dorian Gray stands as high as it ever has.
A heady late-Victorian tale of double-living, in which Dorian's fatal, corruptive influence over women and men alike is left suggestively indistinct.

Extras

CHAPTER I

The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.

From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flame-like as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid jade-faced painters of Tokio who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion. The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way through the long unmown grass, or circling with monotonous insistence round the dusty gilt horns of the straggling woodbine, seemed to make the stillness more oppressive. The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ.

In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty, and in front of it, some little distance away, was sitting the artist himself, Basil Hallward, whose sudden disappearance some years ago caused, at the time, such public excitement, and gave rise to so many strange conjectures.

As the painter looked at the gracious and comely form he had so skilfully mirrored in his art, a smile of pleasure passed across his face, and seemed about to linger there. But he suddenly started up, and, closing his eyes, placed his fingers upon the lids, as though he sought to imprison within his brain some curious dream from which he feared he might awake.

"It is your best work, Basil, the best thing you have ever done," said Lord Henry, languidly. "You must certainly send it next year to the Grosvenor. The Academy is too large and too vulgar. Whenever I have gone there, there have been either so many people that I have not been able to see the pictures, which was dreadful, or so many pictures that I have not been able to see the people, which was worse. The Grosvenor is really the only place."

"I don't think I shall send it anywhere," he answered, tossing his head back in that odd way that used to make his friends laugh at him at Oxford. "No: I won't send it anywhere."

Lord Henry elevated his eyebrows, and looked at him in amazement through the thin blue wreaths of smoke that curled up in such fanciful whorls from his heavy opium-tainted cigarette. "Not send it anywhere? My dear fellow, why? Have you any reason? What odd chaps you painters are! You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. A portrait like this would set you far above all the young men in England, and make the old men quite jealous, if old men are ever capable of any emotion."

"I know you will laugh at me," he replied, "but I really can't exhibit it I have put too much of myself into it."

Lord Henry stretched himself out on the divan and laughed.

"Yes, I knew you would; but it is quite true, all the same."

"Too much of yourself in it!  Upon my word, Basil, I didn't know you were so vain; and I really can't see any resemblance between you, with your rugged strong face and your coal-black hair, and this young Adonis, who looks as if he was made out of ivory and rose-leaves. Why, my dear Basil, he is a Narcissus, and you — well, of course you have an intellectual expression, and all that. But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are! Except, of course, in the Church. But then in the Church they don't think. A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say when he was a boy of eighteen, and as a natural consequence he always looks absolutely delightful. Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks. I feel quite sure of that. He is some brainless, beautiful creature, who should be always here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in summer when we want something to chill our intelligence. Don't flatter yourself, Basil: you are not in the least like him.

"You don't understand me, Harry," answered the artist. "Of course I am not like him. I know that perfectly well. Indeed, I should be sorry to look like him. You shrug your shoulders? I am telling you the truth. There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings. It is better not to be different from one's fellows. The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live, undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. They neither bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Harry; my brains, such as they are — my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks — we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly."

"Dorian Gray? Is that his name?" asked Lord Henry, walking across the studio towards Basil Hallward.

"Yes, that is his name. I didn't intend to tell it to you."

"But why not?"

"Oh, I can't explain. When I like people immensely I never tell their names to any one. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. It is a silly habit, I dare say, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance to one's life. I suppose you think me awful foolish about it?"

"Not at all," answered Lord Henry, "not at all, my dear Basil. You seem to forget that I am married, and the one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. I never know where my wife is, and my wife never knows what I am doing. When we meet — we do meet occasionally, when we dine out together, or go down to the Duke's — we tell each other the most absurd stories with the most serious faces. My wife is very good at it, much better, in fact, than I am. She never gets confused over her dates, and I always do. But when she does find me out, she makes no row at all. I sometimes wish she would; but she merely laughs at me."

"I hate the way you talk about your married life, Harry," said Basil Hallward, strolling towards the door that led into the garden. "I believe that you are really a very good husband, but that you are thoroughly ashamed of your own virtues. You are an extraordinary fellow. You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing. Your cynicism is simply a pose."

"Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know," cried Lord Henry, laughing; and the two young men went out into the garden together, and ensconced themselves on a long bamboo seat that stood in the shade of a tall laurel bush. The sunlight slipped over the polished leaves. In the grass, white daisies were tremulous.

After a pause, Lord Henry pulled out his watch. "I am afraid I must be going, Basil," he murmured, "and before you go, I insist on your answering a question I put to you some time ago."

"What is that?" said the painter, keeping his eyes fixed on the ground.

"You know quite well."

"I do not, Harry."

"Well, I will tell you what it is. I want you to explain to me why you won't exhibit Dorian Gray's picture. I want the real reason."

"I told you the real reason."

"No you did not. You said it was because there was too much of yourself in it. Now, that is childish."

"Harry," said Basil Hallward, looking him straight in the face, "every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit the picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my soul."

Lord Henry laughed. "And what is that?" he asked.

"I will tell you," said Hallward; but an expression of perplexity came over his face.

"I am all expectation, Basil," continued his companion, glancing at him.

"Oh, there is really very little to tell, Harry," answered the painter; "and I am afraid you will hardly understand it. Perhaps you will hardly believe it."

Lord Henry smiled, and, leaning down, plucked a pink-petalled daisy from the grass, and examined it. "I am quite sure I shall understand it," he replied, gazing intently at the little golden white-feathered disk, "and as for believing things, I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible."

The wind shook some blossoms from the trees, and the heavy lilac-blooms, with their clustering stars, moved to and fro in the languid air. A grasshopper began to chirrup by the wall, and like a blue thread a long thing dragon-fly floated past on its brown gauze wings. Lord Henry felt as if he could hear Basil Hallward's heart beating, and wondered what was coming.

"The story is simply this," and the painter after some time. "Two months ago I went to a crush at Lady Brandon's. You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages. With an evening coat and a white tie, as you told me once, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. Well, after I had been in the room about ten minutes, talking to huge over-dressed dowagers and tedious Academicians, I suddenly became conscious that some one was looking at me. I turned half-way round, and saw Dorian Gray for the first time. When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my soul, my very art itself. I did not want any external influence in my life. You know I did not want any external influence in my life. I have always been my own master; had at least always been so, till I met Dorian Gray. Then— but I don't know how to explain it to you. Something seemed to tell me that I was on the verge of a terrible crisis in my life. I had a strange feeling that Fate had in store for me exquisite joys and exquisite sorrows. I grew afraid, and turned to quite the room. It was not conscience that made me do so; it was a sort of cowardice. I take no credit to myself for trying to escape."

"Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all."

"I don't believe that, Harry, and I don't believe you do either. However, whatever was my motive — and it may have been pride, for I used to be very proud — I certainly struggled to the door. There, of course, I stumbled against Lady Brandon. 'You are not going to run away so soon, Mr. Hallward?' she screamed out. You know her curiously shrill voice?"

"Yes; she is a peacock in everything but beauty," said Lord Henry, pulling the daisy to bits with his long, nervous fingers.

"I could not get rid of her. She brought me up to Royalties, and people with Stars and Garters, and elderly ladies with gigantic tiaras and parrot noses. She spoke of me as her dearest friend. I had only met her once before, but she took it into her head to lionize me. I believe some picture of mine had made a great success at the time, at least had been chattered about in the penny newspapers, which is the nineteenth-century standard of immortality. Suddenly I found myself face to face with the young man whose personality had so strangely stirred me. We were quite close, almost touching. Our eyes met again. It was reckless of me, but I asked Lady Brandon to introduce me to him. perhaps it was not so reckless, after all. It was simply inevitable. We would have spoken to each other without any introduction. I am sure of that. Dorian told me so afterwards. He, too, felt that we were destined to know each other."