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Best of the Web

Movie or TV Productions

Dorian Gray, 2009

A film version of the novel directed by Oliver Parker and starring Ben Barnes (of Prince Caspian fame) as Dorian and Colin Firth as Lord Henry

The Picture of Dorian Gray, 2006

A contemporary adaptation of the novel, starring David Gallagher.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, 2004

Internationally, it's also called "Portrait of Evil"; Josh Duhamel stars in this version.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 2003

Stuart Townsend plays the devious Dorian.

The Sins of Dorian Gray, 1983

This movie reverses the genders of the title characters; Dorian is an actress and the love interest is Stuart Vane.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1973

Shane Briant plays Dorian.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1945

Angela Lansbury plays Sibyl Vane!

Wilde, 1997

Adapted from the highly regarded biography by Richard Ellman, this biopic stars Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde and Jude Law as Lord Alfred Douglas.

Documents

Chapter 4

Wilde's original hand-written manuscript of Chapter 4.

Audios

Prisoner 4099

A recording of an actor reading a letter that Wilde wrote in prison, where he criticizes the prison's harsh treatment of children.

Wilde Podcasts

Actor Stephen Fry is a big Wilde fan. He's recorded podcasts of Wilde's short stories and his own thoughts about them.

Images

Dorian Gray gifts

Cartoons about Dorian gray from cartoonstock.com.

Oscar Wilde

Big black and white photo of Oscar Wilde in all his Decadent glory.

Totally Cheesy

Yes, you'll groan – but we just had to share.

Dorian Edwards

In this political cartoon, politician John Edwards is Dorian Gray.

1882 Political Cartoon

A political cartoon of Oscar Wilde and his trip to San Francisco. Thankfully, this cartoon includes a good bit of explanation, otherwise we would have been totally confused.

Other

Oscar Wilde – Standing Ovations

This website has flashing ticker tape telling you what happened to Wilde on each day of the year. It also has an amazing stockpile of letters to and from Wilde.

Victorian Web

This website was developed for a Brown University class on the Victorian era and has a lot of good information about Wilde, the Victorian era, and even the Decadent movement.

The Oscar Wilde Collection

Download free PDFs of all the works here for your own Wilde Festival.

The BBC History Page on Victorian England

A comprehensive look at life during this period. This excellent site is complete with articles exploring politics, technology, health, and British government during the Victorian period.

Reading Wilde, Querying Spaces

An exhibition commemoration the 100th anniversary of the Trials of Oscar Wilde.

A Face without a Heart

A modern-day adaptation of Dorian Gray by Rick R. Reed. You can preview the book on Amazon.com.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

A profile of the Dorian Gray character, played by Stuart Townsend, in the 2003 film.

Articles

"Dorian Purple"

The New Yorker’s eminent music critic Sasha Frere-Jones picks up on Prince’s similarity to Dorian Gray.

"Dance with the Devil"

Choreographer Matthew Bourne brings Dorian Gray into the present day with a contemporary dance that remakes Dorian into a male model.

"Obama's Iraq: The Picture of Dorian Gray"

Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill makes the following argument about the Obama administration’s handling of the Iraq: "The Iraq occupation is like The Picture of Dorian Gray. No matter what public face the Obama administration attempts to present, it only grows more heinous with each passing day."

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