The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Four Corner Books)

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Acclaimed painter Basil Hallward is finishing his latest, and possibly greatest, work: a portrait of the handsome young man Dorian Gray. So taken is he with the image, Dorian wishes that he could remain forever the likeness of the painting rather than growing old. His wish is granted and as he descends into an increasingly debauched lifestyle, his portrait is the only thing to show the ravages of time.

The Picture Of Dorian Gray is the first book in our series where contemporary artists take on a classic novel. For Dorian, Gareth Jones has re-imagined this fin-de-siècle story as a costume drama set in 1970s Paris, in a large format edition that returns the book to its origins in a magazine.Founded in 2007, Four Corners Books is an independent publisher specialising in unusual and distinctive art history books as well as the Familiars series where they commission artists to produce a new illustrated edition of a classic novel.

Four Corners Books is an independent publishing house, founded in 2007 by Elinor Jansz and Richard Embray. For their Familiars series, Four Corners commission artists to produce new illustrated editions of classic novels. By 'smuggling' contemporary art into the Classics sections of bookshops, Jansz and Emray hope that art can be brought to new audiences at affordable prices. Four Corners collaborate with artists working in different media and at different stages of their careers. Sometimes an artist's approach to their commissioned text is respectful, even celebratory, and sometimes it is subversive. In each case, designer John Morgan works closely with the artist to ensure that their approach to the text is reflected in the format and layout of the book.

Words by Oscar Wilde. Art by Gareth Jones. Designed by John Morgan

Publisher: Four Corner Books (2017)
Paperback: 128 pages
Dimensions: 34 × 28.5 cm

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