The Enduring Allure of Dorian Gray

100 years of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" on stage, screen, and in print.

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Oscar Wilde's novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”  has held a firm grip on the public's imagination since its first publication in 1891 and currently that grip is stronger than ever.  No less than two major motion pictures versions of the novel are currently in the offing, an important new ballet is based on “Dorian,” several rock bands  have named themselves after Wilde's anti-hero, and a number of stage versions, including mine,  are vying for audiences' attention.

“Dorian” is clearly resonating with the public nowadays. Marvel Comics, famous for Spiderman and the X-Men released a very literate multi-part comic book version of “Dorian” this year which will be collected into the graphic novel format. The publishers ballyhooed their comic as having the “most important message” in their industry's history.