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The Picture of Dorian Gray is the story of Basil Hallward who becomes infatuated by Dorian Gray's beauty, and paints a portrait of him. A friend of Basil, Henry Wotton meets Dorian, and the latter becomes enthralled with him and his views about the importance of beauty and sensual fulfilment. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than he. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, and when he subsequently pursues a life of debauchery, the portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging.
№ 17 in the 100 Best 19th Century British and Irish Novels list.
№ 17 in the 20 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
This book has 219 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1890.
Production notes: This ebook of The Picture of Dorian Gray was published by Global Grey on the 6th May 2018.