Oscar Wilde was an Irish novelist, dramatist and poet. With The picture of Dorian Gray he offered European literature another classic work of the style of decadents poets and of the aesthetic movement: Dorian Gray lives in the eternal worship of sensations. In 1890 when the novel first appeared on the Lippincotts monthly magazine, the narrow minded puritan Victorian England was shocked: the novel is very rich in never ending debates about beauty and detailed descriptions of objects and refined settings.
Dorian Gray used for his pleasure Sybil Vane, shutting up his conscience that described the girl as a possible way to a purer and more ethical existence. For many years after his death Oscar Wilde had to bear the shameful mark Victorian Puritanism imposed on him.
di Alice Fusé