The Picture of
Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde


The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde. A shorter novella-length version was published in the July 1890 issue of the American periodical Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. A revised and extended edition was published in April 1891. Revisions include changes in character dialogue as well as the addition of the preface, more scenes and chapters, and Sibyl Vane’s brother, James Vane. 
The story revolves around a portrait of Dorian Gray painted by Basil Hallward, a friend of Dorian's and an artist infatuated with Dorian's beauty. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton and is soon enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfillment are the only things worth pursuing in life. Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied amoral experiences while staying young and beautiful; all the while, his portrait ages and visually records every one of Dorian's sins. 
Wilde's only novel, it was subject to much controversy and criticism in its time but has come to be recognized as a classic of gothic literature. 
Excerpted from The Picture of Dorian Gray on Wikipedia

person AuthorOscar Wilde
language CountryIreland
api GenrePhilosophical fictionGothic FictionHorror
copyright CopyrightPublic domain worldwide.
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