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Treasures of the Past – Part 5

Time-worn classics from Stela.

The Picture of Dorian Grey

By Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Zuo Hsuan

In this gothic tale of the dangers of vanity, The Picture of Dorian Gray paints a fascinating and grim picture of Victorian England. When the young and beautiful Dorian has his portrait painted, he laments that the painting will remain youthful forever as his own body ages and decays, wishing the opposite were true. When he comes to discover that his wish came true, he descends into a downward spiral of hedonism that destroys the lives of those around him, all as his own face remains beautiful and the painting grows more and more grotesque.


By Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley

From playwright and master of wit Oscar Wilde comes this emotional retelling of a dark biblical story. Salome artfully depicts the tale of a young girl who, upon dancing for King Herod II at a dinner party, asks for John the Baptist’s head on a platter as a reward.

Tales of Passed Times

By Charles Perrault

Outside of the Brothers Grimm, no one is more responsible with our modern awareness of fairy tale classics like the great Charles Perrault. This collection, which includes favorites like Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Beauty and the Beast, heavily influenced future greats like Walt Disney, defining our current ideas of how these classic stories are meant to be told.

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

By Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Stela

This complete collection contains 22 of Beatrix Potter’s tales in one deluxe volume, now with completely new, modern illustrations. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published so they may be read in their proper sequence. Although each story stands on its own, several are linked together by now iconic events and characters.

After reading these novels at Stela tune in to our final installment of Treasures of the Past.

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