The Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde

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What? You don't believe in the secret power of Art? Well, read this one. 

A painting ages while its male subject stays young and smokes opium. Dorian Gray is Wilde's masterpiece. It poetically combines dark humor, human psychology, and gothic horror.

Wilde was later put in Holloway prison as much for his electrifying writing as his flamboyant homosexuality. Too bad the sentence ended up killing him. Or was it untreated syphilis from his worldwide sex binges? 

Who cares. One thing is certain. This pioneering spirit of modern bohemia still lives on in his famous works. I also really liked The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere's Fan.