The picture of dorian gray is a philosophical novel by oscar wilde first published complete in the july 1890 issue of lippincotts monthly magazine fearing the story was indecent the magazines editor without wildes knowledge deleted roughly five hundred words before publication. In this celebrated work his only novel wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late 19th century england combining elements of the gothic horror novel and decadent french fiction the book centers on a striking premise as dorian gray sinks . The picture of dorian gray by oscar wilde is part of the barnes noble classics series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras. The picture of dorian gray has 756376 ratings and 22264 reviews stephen said arguably literatures greatest study of shallowness vanity casual . The picture of dorian gray oscar wilde table of contents plot overview summary analysis the preface chapter two chapters three four chapters
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