"The Picture of Dorian Gray" is a novel written by Oscar Wilde and first published in 1890. The novel is a dark and haunting tale that explores the corrupting influence of beauty and the consequences of indulging in the darker aspects of human nature. The story follows the life of Dorian Gray, a young man who is given a portrait of himself that ages as he stays eternally young. As Dorian indulges in a life of excess and sin, the portrait serves as a manifestation of his inner corruption and moral decay. Through its vivid and imaginative storytelling, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" delves into themes of morality, beauty, and the power of art to reveal the darker aspects of the human psyche. Despite its initial reception as a scandalous work, the novel has since been widely regarded as a classic of English literature and a powerful exploration of the human condition.