Idylls Press is very proud to offer a new edition of Wilde’s iconic horror story and morality fable, beautifully illustrated by John Murphy in a neo-Symbolist style inspired by Aubrey Beardsley.
“Eternal youth, infinite passion, pleasures subtle and secret, wild joys and wilder sins-he was to have all these things. The portrait was to bear the burden of his shame…”
Such is the fateful wish of Dorian Gray, the young aristocrat who, enthralled like Narcissus by his own beauty, makes a Devil’s Bargain: his portrait will age while he remains eternally young. Poisoned by the influence of the insidiously charming Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian makes the pursuit of new and sinful sensations his highest aim in life.
As he tests Lord Henry’s theories of Hedonism in the decadent underbelly of Victorian London, Dorian’s good looks remain unblemished. His portrait must bear the burden of his sins.