Originally Published: June 20, 1890
By: Oscar Wilde
The only novel written by literary great Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray is as timeless as the titular character.
After receiving a portrait of himself, Dorian Gray enters society and becomes the talk of the town. Dorian soon realizes the portrait hides his demons while he stays young, and is haunted by it.
Wilde writes with such a flair that this old work feels new upon reading it. Except for one chapter of the novel that endlessly lists great things Dorian aspires to, there is hardly a dull moment of the book.
Ahead of the time of when he lived, Wilde was harshly criticized for the contents of this novel including sexual themes that were crude. However, without these additions, the novel would not be what it is today.
Final say: Chilling to the bone. ★★★★☆