MWDS The Picture of Dorian Gray

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MWDS : The Picture of Dorian Gray


AP English IV

Title of Work: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde
Date of Publication: 1890
Genre: Gothic

Biographical Information
Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 to
Sir William Wilde and Jane Wilde, the second of three children. Wilde studied at Oxford, and joined the Freemasons in 1878 after failing to join the
Oxford Union. After graduation, he went home to
Dublin and began writing poems. The Picture of
Dorian Gray was his first and only novel. Wilde married Constance Lloyd in 1884 and perished on
November 30, 1900 to cerebral meningitis.

Historical Information
As the second industrial revolution went on, steel, railroads, and electricity allowed for the economic growth of the
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