Yes, The Picture of Dorian Gray is excellent social satire. It’s also a bloody story about the price of vanity (spoiler alert: it’s murder!), which makes it a perfect Halloween read. You’ll never forget how your stomach turns when you discover the gruesome secret that lives in this attic, and you’ll have a blast reading your way to that nerve-wracking denouement.— Jess
A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895.
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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.