Controversy was never far from Wilde, and the first publication of the book caused the magazine to remove 500 words from the novel without his consent. They were unhappy about moral indecencies referred in it.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story about a narcissistic young man who sells his soul for beauty. As he remains beautiful and adored, the painting ages, and becomes ugly and abhorred.
Dorian Gray is painted by artist Basil Hallward who is convinced that Dorian's beauty is the source of his artistic masterpiece. He is introduced to the 'wild' side of life through the artist's friend, Lord Henry Wotton. It is the desire to remain young and enjoy the senses of life that Dorian's fate is sealed. The Picture of Dorian Gray is classed as a Gothic, philosophical, and Faustian novel.
I snippet about Wilde here.
Oscar Wilde put a part of himself in this book. Aspects of his life can be gleamed with the relationship he has with Henry, the one who shows him temptation. Wilde has been quoted as saying: in all first novels, the hero/author is Christ/Faust. Is this the source of the commonly heard phase: that first novels are autobiographical?
If this is true, I may need therapy. The Junk Room, my completed WIP (currently revising), features elements of Gothic horror and supernatural suspense.
If you write, what does your first novel say about you?