The Picture of Dorian Gray Author:Oscar Wilde A Study in Horror... — Lord Henry Wotton watched curiously as Basil Hallward completed a portrait of a remarkably handsome youth. Who was he? Dorian Gray, said the painter, and Lord Henry must never meet him - for his corrupting influence could only lead the innocent boy into a life of terrible Evil... — Yet the two do meet, and the consequence i... more »s one of the most gripping fantasies in English literature, a story of a picture that ages horribly while its subject - a seducer, a debaucher and a murderer - remains unravaged by Time.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) is in part a reflection of Oscar Wilde's own tragic life. He was, by his own admission, a dandy who regarded art as a supreme value and spent his energies in search of new sensations, despite the harm done to others. So Dorian Gray seeks pleasure only - until, in reckless abandon, he commits a final, dastardly crime.
The dramatic nature of Wilde's masterpiece helped make it by far the most popular work of fiction. The story has been staged, filmed, and remains today of lasting interest.« less