The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1890. This novel, both fantastic and philosophical, promotes the author's claimed hedonism, which provoked severe criticism from the advocates of public morality. Wilde vigorously defended himself against what he considered to be an unacceptable infringement of freedom of artistic creation. The novel evokes themes that strongly recall the German legend of Faust.
The story tells the story of Dorian, a young man of great beauty, who establishes a relationship with Lord Henry and his friend Basil Hallward, a painter. Lord Henry teaches Dorian his hedonistic philosophy while Basil realizes a portrait of the young man. Dorian will then wish that his picture will age instead of him, and his wish will be granted.