Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde, Read by Simon Callow

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Narrated By: Simon Callow

Duration: 2 hours and 48 minutes

What to expect

The classic of eternal youth.

'How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrid, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young… If it was only the other way!'

Wilde's first and only published novel recounts the story of handsome Dorian Gray who upon having his portrait painted desires that it will age and grow ugly while he may remain eternally beautiful. The painting, which reflects each of Gray's sins and transgressions in its hideousness, haunts him until it finally becomes unbearable. In this dark tale of duplicity and mortality, Wilde creates a world where art and reality collide.

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction

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“Simon Callow’s reading is amusing and poignant.”
Sunday Telegraph 7/12/97