Everyone knows "The Picture of Dorian Gray", but few know that "Dorian Gray" actually existed. This is his history. In this biography, Jerusha Hull McCormack, an expert on Oscar Wilde and his circle, tells the story of John Gray, a working class boy whose passionate friendship with Oscar Wilde made his name as the reputed model for the character of Dorian Gray. McCormack traces Gray's life from decadent poet to Roman Catholic priest, exploring his changing relationship with Wilde and with his lifelong companion, Andre Raffalovich. Gray's life provides us with fascinating insight into fin-de-siecle literary society and the emerging gay culture of the period.
JERUSHA HULL MCCORMACK is a leading scholar of Oscar Wilde and of the 1890s decadence, which Yeats so memorably called 'The Tragic Generation.' Her previous publications include Wilde the Irishman, which she edited, an academic study of John Gray and an edition of his selected prose. A Senior Lecturer in the English Department of University College Dublin Irish Studies, she is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queens University, Belfast .