The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)

dorian.jpgThe boy who had his locker above mine in high school was named Dorian.  I’d never heard that name before, and really didn’t think anything about it.  But one day I mentioned him to my mother and she said, “I bet he’s named after Dorian Gray!”  Huh?  I asked him the next day if that were true and he said, “Yes!  That’s my mother’s favorite book.”

After I read it, I wasn’t quite sure why a mother would name a son after Mr. Gray, but it definitely was a cool name!

Dorian Gray is young and handsome beyond words.  The years pass and while everyone around him ages, he does not.  Does he have a deep, dark, evil secret?  Yes, he does.  Wait until you figure it out!

This isn’t an easy book to read, but well worth the effort.  The Picture of Dorian Gray has been made into multiple films and is referenced daily by educated people around the world.  That’s a story with staying power!

High School Reading Level, 250 pages, Published in 1890.  

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