Penny Dreadful | Season 2 | First Takes


Official P E N N Y Dreadful character posters. Hecate (Sarah Green), Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory), Caliban (Rory Kinnear), Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Sembene (Danny Sapani), and Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton).

my favourite thing is when people quote lord henry wotton from oscar wilde’s pic of dorian gray because like half the stuff he says is intended to be just pretentious & meaningless bullshit and yet

ninjalamprey asked:

I have been rereading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" over my spring break, and the description of the artist's garden instantly evoked my appreciation for your Tumblr. You and your blog are utterly sublime.

Ah, ah, this is one of the loveliest of compliments — some of the descriptive passages in Dorian are beautiful — and I thank you very indeed :~)

La vita umana: era questa, agli occhi suoi, l’unica cosa degna di essere investigata; in paragone con questa non c’era cosa alcuna che avesse valore qualsiasi. Era vero che quando si osservava la vita nel suo curioso crogiolo di pena e di piacere, non si poteva coprirsi la faccia con una maschera di vetro né impedire che vapori sulfurei turbassero il cervello e intorbidissero l’immaginazione cob fantasie mostruose e sogni deformi. C’erano certi veleni talmente sottili che per conoscerne le proprietà bisognava lasciarsene intossicare, malattie talmente strane che bisognava subirle se si tentava di comprenderne la natura. Però co’era grande la ricompensa! Come diveniva meraviglioso il mondo! Osservare la logica curiosamente impassibile della passione e la variopinta vita emozionale dell’intelletto; osservare dove si incontravano, dove si separavano, in quale punto erano all’unisono e in quale punto discordanti - quale delizia in tutto questo! Che importava il prezzo? Nessuna sensazione si paga mai troppo cara.
—  Oscar Wilde, Il ritratto di Dorian Gray


Gay Literature

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.

At Swim, Two Boys, Jamie O’Neill

It was this way whenever their bodies met, if limping he brushed against him or laughing he squeezed his arm. The touch charged through like a sputtering tram-wire until it wasn’t Doyler he felt but what Doyler touched, which was himself. This is my shoulder, this my leg.

Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

And then I saw him and nothing was ever the same again.

Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

I have a good mind not to take Aloysius to Venice. I don’t want him to meet a lot of horrid Italian bears and pick up bad habits. 
Love or what you will. 

Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin

‘Love him,’ said Jacques, with vehemence, ‘love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters? […]’

Maurice, E.M. Forster

Did you ever dream you had a friend, Alec? Someone to last your whole life and you his. I suppose such a thing can’t really happen outside sleep.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

As he watched Joe stand, blazing, on the fire escape, Sammy felt an ache in his chest that turned out to be, as so often occurs when memory and desire conjoin with a transient effect of weather, the pang of creation.

The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst

He wanted pure compliments, just as he wanted unconditional love.

Crush, Richard Siken

All night I streched my arms across 
him, rivers of blood, the dark woods, singing 
with all my skin and bone ”Please keep him safe. 
Let him lay his head on my chest and we will be 
like sailors, swimming in the sound of it, dashed 
to pieces.” 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, David Levithan and John Green

You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.