The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel by Oscar Wilde that was first published in 1890. Read key facts, the plot summary, and important quotes.


See a complete list of the characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray and in-depth analyses of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry WottonBasil Hallward, and more.

Literary Devices

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Questions & Answers

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Read our sample A+ Essay about the importance of Sibyl Vane to the novel, mini-essays about the role of Lord Henry, homoeroticism, and whether the novel is immoral, as well as suggested essay topics for The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Further Study

Read more on the background of Oscar Wilde and the novel well as suggested readings for The Picture of Dorian Gray.