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Becoming John Gray

Bookcover: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeListen to a talk by Jerusha McCormack on John Gray and celebrity culture. The lecture was held at Dublin City Library & Archive on 26 April 2010 as part of Dublin: One City, One Book 2010.

John Gray was an ordinary working-class man who, as the alleged model for the “Dorian” of Oscar Wilde’s novel, became a household name. How did this happen? Did Wilde in fact invent John Gray? What forces colluded to help manufacture this new kind of fame –known to us now as “celebrity culture” – and what was its price? By retelling the story of the man who became Dorian Gray, Jerusha McCormack seeks to throw new light on the power of Wilde’s novel: to create as well as to destroy those around him – and finally to conscript the very life of the author himself.

Listen to the talk [play time: 58:38 minutes]:

Bulgarian Favourite Reads

Best loved classics donated to Central Library World Books Collection

The Bulgarian Ambassador Mr. Emil Yalnazov donated a selection of Bulgarian masterpieces of literature to the Lord Mayor of Dublin at a ceremony at the Central Library in February 2010.

These works were voted as Bulgaria’s favourite books in the Big Read Bulgaria nationwide poll participated in by over one third of the population that was organized by Bulgarian National Television in association with the BBC. Voting took place online, by text, telephone and traditional post.

The books are part of the World Books collection of the Central Library for the use of all the friends of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian community in Ireland.

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