Dorian Gray

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Dorian Gray

A nickname applied to someone who doesn't seem to age. The phrase refers to the titular character in Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, who makes a deal with an artist so that a painting of him ages, but he does not. Your grandfather must be like Dorian Gray because he doesn't look 70, let alone 90!
See also: gray

Dorian Gray

Someone who never appears to age. In his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde told the story of the title character who made a Faustian arrangement with an artist to paint his portrait, the proviso being that Gray would not age, but the face in his painting would. As with such pacts, Gray lived to rue it. It didn't take long before “Dorian Gray” was applied to anyone who showed no signs of aging. If, for example, after ten or twenty years you met a long-lost friend who looked much the same as when you last saw him or her, you would acknowledge that miracle as “Hey, it's Dorian Gray.” And if your friend recognized the allusion, the reply was likely to be, “Yeah, but you should see the painting in my attic.”
See also: gray
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Summary: I recently read Oscar Wilde's masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Grey and the story can be summarised in Dorian's wish to gain eternal youth....
This forces Dorian Grey to hide the ugly picture away from everyone, and covering the wish that blinded him from his sins and drowned him in darkness.
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SATURDAY DORIAN GREY CHANNEL 4 11PM An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel, which tells the story of Dorian Grey (Ben Barnes), a young man who stays young while a portrait of him ages and is tainted by the sins that he commits.
Caption: The portrait of Dorian Grey aged (below), but Dorian (above) stayed young.
Dorian Grey, Inglaterra, 2009 / Direccion: Oliver Parker / Interpretes: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Rebecca Hall, Ben Chaplin / Argumento basado en la novela El retrato de Dorian Grey, de Oscar Wilde / Guion: Toby Finlay / Musica: Charlie Mole / Fotografia: Roger Pratt / Distribuidora: BF Distribution / Duracion: 112 minutos / Genero: Drama.
El ano pasado, adelantandose a este suceso, el difusor de espectaculos Arturo Morell se lanzo a hacer una serie de mesas redondas en donde se analizo el perfil del autor del El retrato de Dorian Grey, aduciendo que habiamos estado "99 anos sin Oscar Wilde".
And they are always social and professional experiments because, as Deyan Sudjic remarked in a recent book, the 'design of the individual house is based on a far closer relationship between the individual occupant and the architect than is now common for almost every other category of architectural commission'.(2) The intensity of the relationship ensures that such houses are portraits of their occupants' lives: portraits which in most cases age with their subjects, though occasionally, they become the reverse of Dorian Grey's picture, and are miraculously restored to their pristine state when their original owners are long gone.
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