The Picture of Dorian Gray er fortellingen om en egoistisk ung mann: Dorian Gray får oppfylt sitt ønske om at et portrett av ham skal eldes, mens han selv forblir ung. Når han oppdager at ingen av hans handlinger får konsekvenser for hans ytre, gjør han alt han kan for å holde maleriet hemmelig. Denne mystiske og spennende romanen er en av Oscar Wildes mest kjente verker, og ikke uten grunn. Det er en bok man sent vil glemme.
Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure - an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.
The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt, unchecked by public opinion. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.
Wilde's dreamlike exploration of life without limits scandalized its late-Victorian audience and has haunted readers' imaginations for more than a hundred years.