Modern Retellings of Classic Novels

# 2. DORIAN, AN IMITATION BY WILL SELF

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A modern spin on Oscar Wilde’s creepy The Picture of Dorian Gray, Self’s 2002 novel moves the action to the '80s and '90s, even though it still keeps the heart of Wilde’s story very much intact. His Dorian is still called Dorian Gray, but Self moves his own (very modern) man into the looks-obsessed art scene of London, with Dorian trying to make his way in the modeling arm (a buff, chiseled arm, to be sure) of the creative crowd. He tries not to be “looks obsessed,” but he fails pretty spectacularly.