The Picture of Dorian Gray, Illustrated Edition
Enter the lavish and achingly beautiful world of Dorian Gray, where magic is afoot and the intricacies of human conscience (or lack of it) are on parade—at the theater, at the table, in the garden, even in city environs that circle out to dark wharfs like a mythic underworld.
Pomegranates, violets, tulips, roses, lilacs, and narcissus tell a silent story through flower language—a truer story than the tale that Dorian Gray tells himself along the way with the help of the hilarious but reprehensible Lord Henry, a man of both verbal and financial means who will say anything and sit back to watch what happens next.
Special Features of this Edition
Sara Barkat, illustrator of The Yellow Wall-Paper: A Graphic Novel, lends her artistic vision to this classic tale by Oscar Wilde. Her work includes illustrations of many of the flowers that tell the truth of Dorian’s life. An annotated list of illustrations can be found at the end of the book, where she explores the deeper meanings behind each piece of art—explorations based on the literature and history Oscar Wilde likely drew upon when creating his tale.
This edition also includes an “Invitation to Read,” in the style of Barkat’s own beautiful story telling (her work The Shivering Ground & Other Stories was a National Indie Excellence Awards® finalist and, itself, is filled with the kind of “word-painting” she invites you to enjoy in Wilde’s work).