The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel published by Oscar Wilde. It tells the story of a young man obsessed with his own youth and beauty, as expressed in a portrait done by Basil Hallward, and terrified to lose it. He innocently wishes that the portrait would age instead of himself. As he descends with his new friend Lord Henry Wotton into a life of sin and debauchery inconsistent with Victorian values, he discovers that this wish has come true. The portrait ages and bears evidence of his increasingly violent life, while Dorian himself remains unchanged.
This bilingual edition of the classic gothic novel is designed to assist those learning French. The original English text appears on the left-hand pages of the book, with the corresponding French translation on the right-hand pages.