The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's only 19th Century novel, is a landmark philosophical novel that has many lessons to teach us in 21st century America. The novel is a new spin on the Faust tale, in which Dorian Gray makes a wish that he would not age while the portrait created by his artist friend contains all the debauchery of his wild, aesthetic lifestyle. As a published author with several novels under my belt, I found many important writing lessons within this tale. I was also moved by the amazing abilities of Wilde and how the story simultaneously is an excellent yarn but also speaks truth about his own contemporary society. This is a true masterwork of literature, and a novel this HPB bookseller would recommend to anyone looking for a story that is amazing on multiple levels.
The handsome appearance of dissolute young Dorian Gray remains unchanged while the features in his portrait become distorted as his degeneration progresses.