The Picture of Dorian Gray
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: October 13, 1993
In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde's most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.
I was spellbound and awestruck at the dialogue in this classic. Lord Henry has so many aphorisms that are quite cynical yet thought-provoking. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a morality tale that absolutely lives up to the hype and reputation. Read it.