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    DescriptionMore than 120 years after Oscar Wilde submitted The Picture of Dorian Gray for publication in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, the uncensored version of his novel appears here for the first time in a paperback edition. This volume restores all of the material removed by the novel's first editor. Upon receipt of the typescript, Wilde's editor panicked at what he saw. Contained within its pages was material he feared readers would find "offensive"--especially instances of graphic homosexual content. He proceeded to go through the typescript with his pencil, cleaning it up until he made it "acceptable to the most fastidious taste." Wilde did not see these changes until his novel appeared in print. Wilde's editor's concern was well placed. Even in its redacted form, the novel caused public outcry. The British press condemned it as "vulgar," "unclean," "poisonous," "discreditable," and "a sham." When Wilde later enlarged the novel for publication in book form, he responded to his critics by further toning down its "immoral" elements. Wilde famously said that The Picture of Dorian Gray "contains much of me": Basil Hallward is "what I think I am," Lord Henry "what the world thinks me," and "Dorian what I would like to be--in other ages, perhaps." Wilde's comment suggests a backward glance to a Greek or Dorian Age, but also a forward-looking view to a more permissive time than his own repressive Victorian era. By implication, Wilde would have preferred we read today the uncensored version of his novel.


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    Title
    The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray
    Subtitle
    A Reader's Edition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oscar Wilde, Edited by Nicholas Frankel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674066311
    ISBN 10: 0674066316
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
    DC22: 823/.8
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A25835000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC classification: PR5819.A2 F73 2011
    DC23: 823.8
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    13 August 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Nicholas Frankel is Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.
    Review quote
    Oscar Wilde just got a little wilder. -- Marcia Kaye Toronto Star 20120815 The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray is the latest edition of Wilde's only novel, but it is also the first. Editor Nicholas Frankel has followed the manuscript Wilde submitted to Lippincott's magazine in early 1890. Frankel poured over the original typescript and about 3,000 handwritten words Wilde added to it, restoring subtle but important romance between the three lead characters... The effect is not radical...but it is noticeable, and the book is more satisfying for his efforts... Frankel's uncensored version is closest to what Wilde intended before editors and hostile critics intervened, and it is also the most pleasurable to read... The Picture of Dorian Gray is a haunting, beautiful and important novel. -- Michael Ruffles Bangkok Post 20120910 Now, for the first time, we can read the version that Wilde intended...Both the text and Nicholas Frankel's introduction make for fascinating reading. -- Sadie Stein Paris Review 20120727 The Picture of Dorian Gray is just as spine tingling, relevant, and original now as it was in 1891. From the compelling story to the musicality of the prose to the symbolism, The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray is a great read. -- Catherine Ramsdell PopMatters 20121008