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Too much for me

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Wilde's flowery prose, (over)loaded with sensuous details, gives the impression of having been written, appropriately, for the author's own pleasure. The tale is clever, and ultimately morally simplistic, though Wilde's sympathies seem to lie chiefly with the devilish, amoral tempter Lord Henry. Personally, I didn't enjoy the book at all.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is prefaced with one of the most pure expressions of the art-for-art's-sake philosophy - one pole of one of the key dichotomies engaged with by modernism.