The classic Oscar Wilde story brought to life. The Picture of Dorian Gray begins on a beautiful summer day in Victorian era England, where Lord Henry Wotton, an opinionated man, is observing the sensitive artist Basil Hallward painting the portrait of Dorian Gray, a handsome young man who is Basil s ultimate muse. While sitting for the painting, Dorian listens to Lord Henry espousing his hedonistic world view and begins to think that beauty is the only aspect of life worth pursuing, prompting Dorian to wish that his portrait would age instead of himself.Under Lord Henry s hedonistic influence, Dorian fully explores his sensuality. He discovers the actress Sibyl Vane, who performs Shakespeare plays in a dingy, working-class theatre. Dorian approaches and courts her, and soon proposes marriage. The enamoured Sibyl calls him Prince Charming , and swoons with the happiness of being loved, but her protective brother, James, warns that if Prince Charming harms her, he will murder him.Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet, famous for The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest to name a couple. He was believed to be gay and met a lot of resistance in his life on that account. He died in Paris at the age of 46.