El retrato de Dorian Gray
Edaf; Later Edition Used edition (2001)
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El retrato de Dorian Gray, novela alucinante, levanto gran polemica a su aparicion. Se la califico de 'una narracion engendrada por la literatura leprosa de los decadentes franceses', siendo finalmente reconocida como uno de los textos precursores de la novelistica que, tras el romanticismo y hasta nuestros dias, considera que el novelar es descubrir a la vida dimensiones extraordinarias y matices imprevisibles. La compleja humanidad de Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), a quien su tiempo no perdono una manera de ser que hoy se comprende, queda retratada en la obra, permitiendonos afirmar que solo los verdaderos escritores, confesandose indirectamente, confiesan la realidad. Es esta una de las novelas mas intensas, apasionantes e insolitas de la literatura inglesa. / The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian's beauty and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry's world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfilment of the senses. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian (whimsically) expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than he. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, and when he subsequently pursues a life of debauchery, the portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging.