Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Degree Discipline



For the past half-century Oscar tilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, has been the controversial subject matter of many literary writers. Literary critics have expressed diversities of opinions on the questions (l) "What is the novel?" and (2) "What are the aspects of the novel?" It is the task of the writer of this study to attempt to show through thorough analysis that Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is the life of the author.

It has been observed that many potential readers have avoided the reading of Wilde's novel because of the author's reputation as a sexual invert. Readers, associating the novel with Wilde's most appalling life, seemed to have conceived the idea that the novel is unwholesome. The writer wishes to point out that in order to give fairness to the author and not to overlook a good work, one should never judge a writing by the things an author may or may not do in his private life. Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, represents a work of an artist with unusual brain power and excellent talents.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Anne L. Campbell

Committee Member

Frankie B. Ledbetter

Committee Member

Ernest P. Williams


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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