I had forgotten about this book when I was writing the first few posts. This was actually the first book I read on this new quest of mine. It was suggested by the friend that made the reference that I should have known.
But when I was writing about "A Portrait..." I remembered "The Picture...".
This book is like many of the classic books. It is as if the author got a really clever idea and decided to write a story to use the idea, not so concerned about the actual story itself.
Basically this book to me was the story of a guy that has a painting made of him that he falls in love with. From then on he lives a life of debauchery and maintains all the purity of youth while the picture begins to show the signs of the wear and tear of his evil ways. Yet, while he physically can withstand the consequences of his bad choices, his should cannot. Pretty clever idea.
The book was short and easy to read.