The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Book Summary

The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. The magazine's editors feared the story was indecent as submitted, so they censored roughly 500 words, without Wilde's knowledge, before publication. But even with that, the story was still greeted with outrage by British reviewers, some of whom suggested that Wilde should be prosecuted on moral grounds, leading Wilde to defend the novel aggressively in letters to the British press. Wilde later revised the story for book publication, making substantial alterations, deleting controversial passages, adding new chapters and including an aphoristic Preface which has since become famous in its own right. The amended version was published by Ward, Lock and Company in April 1891. Some scholars believe that Wilde would today have wanted us to read the version he originally submitted to Lippincott's.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) Book Reviews

I love this!By far, one of my most enjoyable reads. 10/10.Score: 5/5

Product of the time(If you like to know the moral standing of your book before you read it despite the beginning claim of there being no such thing as a moral or immoral book) It’s rather anti-Semitic, twice referring to someone as a Jew, followed by calling them derogatory terms. Also the use of a racial slur and racism driven depictions of other cultures during the description (lasting nearly a third of chapter 11) of Dorian’s interests, which he can afford via his riches. Repeated sexism and misogyny, but what else could one expect. As for the actual writing, it’s simply Oscar Wilde. Very vivid descriptions, unable to tell whether the tension is just casual for a conversation between average 1800’s rich men or if it’s simply a nod to homoeroticism. Perhaps both. Overall, a great read if you prefer your books lacking stable morals. Or you could just read the first 5 chapters and call it queer representation..Score: 2/5

Not the advertised editionFree, but ingenuous to use the cover of the Modern Library version on something that is not. What a mess..Score: 1/5

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Book Name:
The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Book Language:
English
Book Category:
Books
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Book ID:
765107106
Book Release Date:
2008-06-09
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