Thomas Wright

Self Portrait

Dorian: An Imitation

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Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is a retelling of many stories: the Faust and Doppelgänger myths, several Irish folk legends, and tales by Poe, Huysmans and Balzac. It is fitting, then, that Wilde’s story has itself been retold on many occasions: Max Beerbohm’s The Happy Hypocrite (1897) was the first adaptation, and Will Self’s Dorian is the latest.

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