The Collector's Library presents the great works of literature in a handsome, hardback format. The books are sumptuously produced, enduring editions to own, to collect and to treasure, and fit neatly into the pocket, bag or briefcase.
Modern classics are now taking their place in the list as well as the established classics of world literature.
On its first publication The Picture of Dorian Gray was regarded as dangerously modern in its depiction of fin-de-sicle decadence. In this updated version of the Faust story, the tempter is Lord Henry Wotton, who lives selfishly for amoral pleasure; Dorian's good angel is the portrait painter Basil Hallward, whom Dorian murders. The book highlights the tension between the polished surface of high society and the life of secret vice. Although sin is punished in the end the book has a flavour of the elegantly perverse.
The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion-these are the two things that govern us.