The Picture of Dorian Gray

 the Novel

LnT suggests

LnT Oscar Wilde's novel ranks 16 among "20 classic novels you can read in one sitting".  DailyWritingTips' summary reads thus: "A beautiful young hedonist sells his soul for the price of agelessness, while a portrait of him painted by an admirer marks his physical dissipation. Wilde's first novel was attacked for its homoeroticism and the scandalously frank depiction of debauchery but was received more favorably when the author toned down the former. Rich with allusions to, among other works, Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray stands on its own as a tragic morality tale."