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A-level English - The Gothic Novel: Oscar Wilde

A guide to resources on the Gothic novel; the origins, indicators, authors and books, compiled by your librarians.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)


Oscar Wilde's rich and dramatic portrayals of the human condition came during the height of the Victorian Era that swept through London in the late 19th century. At a time when all citizens of Britain were finally able to embrace literature the wealthy and educated could only once afford, Wilde wrote many short stories, plays and poems that continue to inspire millions around the world. Click the image to read more about the author....


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The Picture of Dorian Gray

"The Picture of Dorian Gray", by Oscar Wilde, is a book of love, pleasure, and insanity.This story takes place in London in the 1800's. It deals mostly with the upper classes. Read the book online by clicking on above image....

Video Clip from the 1976 version

2009 - The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Element of the Gothic in Picture of Dorian Gray - An article

Elements of a Gothic novel in The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Mathias Junger
The author gives a short and straighforward definition of the Gothic novel, with a summary of it’s history, it’s themes and a few famous authors. The author's aim is to provide an overview of the Gothic motifs appearing in Oscar Wilde’s The picture of Dorian Gray and an approach of interpretation for some of them.