The picture of dorian gray is a gothic and 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 deleted roughly five hundred words before publication without wildes knowledge. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes the sparknotes the picture of dorian gray study guide has everything you need to ace quizzes tests and essays. Dorian gray leaves sibyl and travels abroad and when he returns to london lord henry tells him that sibyl committed suicide for love along the years dorians friends age while he is still the same but his picture discloses his evilness and corruptive life. The picture of dorian gray the picture of dorian gray moral fantasy novel by irish writer oscar wilde published first in lippincotts monthly magazine in 1890 and as a book in 1891 it is an archetypal tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul and a romantic exposition of wildes own aestheticism. The picture of dorian gray is the story of one beautiful innocent young mans seduction moral corruption and eventual downfall and oh yeah its also the story of a really creepy painting we meet our three central characters at the beginning of the book when painter basil hallward and his
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