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October’s Classic Reading Selection: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
My Halloween selection is Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Join me in exploring the darker side of beauty and human nature. I’ll be reading online using DailyLit.com’s service. They email the book selection of your choice a segment at a time at intervals you determine. Registration is free and many of the several classic titles at the site, particularly those in the public domain, are available for free. More current publications are also available for a nominal fee. Please, read along with me and join in the discussion of The Picture of Dorian Gray beginning this Friday. I’ll post discussion questions each Wednesday and Friday in the comments section, that way we can keep all of questions and responses for each week together. The first batch of questions will relate to chapters 1-3.

You can also read my weekly commentary about the monthly classic beginning this Friday at A Conservatory of One: Exploring the Writing Craft and Life.


October 10, 2007 - Posted by | Classic Literature, Revisiting the Classics | , , , , ,


  1. This Week’s questions:

    Do you agree with Lord Henry’s proclamation that there is nothing more important than youth?

    Should Basil step in a bit more forcefully and offset Lord Henry’s “bad influence”?

    Do you think that Dorian is truly enthralled by Lord Henry, or is it that Lord Henry reflects him, like a mirror, in ways he’s never imagined?

    Comment by dmhendricks | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. This Week’s Questions:

    Do you think Dorian is aware of Lord Henry’s fascination with him?

    I’m calling it a bromance. How would you define Basil and Lord Henry’s attraction to Dorian?

    Comment by dmhendricks | October 17, 2007 | Reply

  3. This Week’s Questions:

    Do you believe that Sibyl’s brother will need to make good on his threat to kill Dorian?

    Is Lord Henry cultivating a certain level of sophistication in Dorian, or is he merely, slowly corrupting him in order to seduce him?

    Comment by dmhendricks | October 20, 2007 | Reply

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