Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of critical Victorian society.
Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is dark, cynical and philosophical – yet I could not put it down.
Wilde said the 3 main characters are reflections of himself. “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks of me: Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”
This is the only novel written by Oscar Wilde. An enduring classic which makes a lot of books-to-read-before-you-die lists. So, read it!
The horror, whatever it was, had not yet entirely spoiled that marvellous beauty.
The books that the world calls immoral, are books that show the world its own shame.