The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1890. Initially published as a short story, it was later revised, corrected and expanded by Wilde and published as his first novel.
Basil Hallward is a painter who becomes fascinated by the aesthetic beauty of a young man named Dorian Gray and begins to paint a portrait of the young man. One day, Dorian meets a friend of Basil's and is captivated by Lord Henry's view of the world, which states that the only thing worthwhile in life is beauty and the satisfaction of the senses. Dorian is aware that his beauty will fade with time and strongly wishes he would always be the age Basil painted the painting.
While he forever maintains the same appearance of the painting, the figure portrayed ages for him. His life is primarily focused on seeking pleasure at all costs, even indulging in lust, but the portrait serves as a reminder of the effects of his soul, where the portrait will bear the burden of his aging and sins.
The book is considered one of the last classic works of the gothic horror novel. Although it caused controversy when it was first published, today it is considered one of the modern classics of universal literature.
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You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.
You know how a voice can stir one. Your voice and the voice of Sibyl Vane are two things that I shall never forget. When I close my eyes, I hear them, and each of them says something different. I don’t know which to follow.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.