The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde

"What happened to Dorian really makes me think about how important it is to care about staying young and beautiful forever.”--Stacey, 13
Date Published :
May 2014
Publisher :
Real Reads
Contributor(s) :
Kevin Hopgood, Paula Hammond
Series :
Mystery and Imagination
Illustration :
Full color throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781906230821
Pages : 64
Dimensions : 7.75 X 5.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


‘I believe the only way to live, is to be true to oneself. The only way to get rid of temptation is to give into it.’ Young, rich and handsome, Dorian Gray seems to have it all. So why do people who were once his friends leave the room when he enters? Can there really be any truth in the dark tales that are told about him? And why does he keep his portrait locked away in an attic room? Two men hold the answer to Dorian’s secret. One is the artist, Basil Hallward, who paints Dorian’s portrait. The other is Lord Henry Wotton, who convinces the impressionable Dorian that youth and pleasure are the only things worth living for. Is Dorian Gray really as innocent as he seems? Can love and friendship save him from himself? Or will the secret of the picture of Dorian Gray be a secret he takes to his grave?

Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world’s greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

About The Author

OSCAR WILDE (1854–1900) was an Irish writer and poet.

KEVIN (KEV) HOPGOOD started his career in British comics in the mid-eighties, getting his first break at Marvel UK, where he worked on Zoids, Action Force and Doctor Who. Work on 2000AD followed, where he co-created the series Night Zero. In the early 1990s Kev started a three-year stint as the main artist on Iron Man, where he co-created the character War Machine. Kev then took a break from comics, working in computer games as a concept artist and modeller, before returning to comics to work on the Darkblade comic strip for Games Workshop. He now divides his time between comics work and more general children’s illustration. He lives in Kent in south-east England with his wife, three children and two cats.

Paula Hammond is the author of a range of children’s books, including Atlas of the World's Strangest Animals, Atlas of the World's Endangered Animals, and Sharks & Underwater Monsters. She lives in London.

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