By Oscar Wilde
In this celebrated paintings, his in simple terms novel, Wilde solid a devastating portrait of the consequences of evil and debauchery on a tender aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining parts of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the booklet facilities on a extraordinary premise: As Dorian grey sinks right into a lifetime of crime and gross sensuality, his physique keeps ideal adolescence and energy whereas his lately painted portrait grows day-to-day right into a hideous list of evil, which he needs to maintain hidden from the area. For over a century, this spell binding story of horror and suspense has loved huge attractiveness. It ranks as one in every of Wilde's most crucial creations and one of the vintage achievements of its kind.
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