Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde (1891)

Push on through the stagy dialog used by Oscar Wilde to set up his Twilight Zone tale of one man’s obsession with his own youth and beauty and you’ll be rewarded with a truly creepy tale well suited for Halloween (which just happened to be when I read it).

Wealthy socialite Dorian Gray defies nature by never growing old. His portrait, on the other hand, not only ages but absorbs the transgressions and evil of Gray’s character, gradually transforming into a gruesome reflection of his true nature. Sinister and satisfying.

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