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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde (5)

In Oscar Wilde’s gothic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, artist Basil Hallward befriends a depthless, but dazzling young man named Dorian Gray. Compelled to paint his portrait, his greatest work, he sees it as too personal to display, so he delivers it to Dorian. Basil’s friend, the pleasure-seeking cynic Lord Henry Wotton, accompanies him to meet his male model, only to upset him by blustering about the fleeting nature of beauty. Dorian swears he would sell his soul if his picture could age, and bear the brunt of his mistakes in his stead. Under Lord Henry’s influence, he grows selfish and hedonistic. He pursues a young actress, only to break their engagement and her heart. He regrets his behavior when he sees how it alters his picture, but she kills herself, and the last of Dorian’s regrets die with her. Devoted to debauchery at any cost, he hides his now sneering portrait in an attic where he alone can discern its demise. Over the years, Dorian descends into depravity, but remains unrestrained and remarkably beautiful, until the artist appears at his door. The Picture of Dorian Gray has remained in print since it was first published in its definitive version, proving Wilde’s own words, “Genius lasts longer than Beauty.”

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