Ex Libris – The Picture of Dorian Gray (and Ruben Toledo)

Now that the days are hot and the light lasts forever it seems, I’m back to reading outside. I love throwing essentials into a bag – drink, snacks, sunglasses, blanket, and of course a book – and going outside to find a nice spot to spread out for a few hours.

The book I’ve recently picked up is Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Grey”. Picking a quote from it to feature is almost impossible. Reading Oscar Wilde is like reading a collection of witty one-liners. I can hardly keep up with them in the book, but I don’t want to miss a single one!

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Which brings me to the second point of this particular Ex Libris post: the cover. If you’ve read any of my past Ex Libris posts, you’ll know I have a thing for gorgeous book covers and this is no exception.

Designed by Ruben Toledo, a Cuban illustrator who is also a painter, sculptor, fashion chronicler and critic, and surrealist. There’s almost nothing artistic he hasn’t tried at least once.

This book cover is part of a 6-book Penguin Couture Deluxe Edition, which also includes Dracula, Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and Scarlett Letter. And of course, I have them all.


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