Oscar Wilde: The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray
USA 2011, 260 pp., brochure, € 12.95Kostenloser Versand ab 20 Euro Bestellwert.Belknap Harvard
»The Picture of Dorian Gray« altered the way Victorians understood the world they inhabited. It heralded the end of a repressive Victorianism, and after its publication, literature had a different look. Yet the »Dorian Gray« that Victorians never knew was even more daring than the novel the British press condemned as »vulgar«, »unclean«, »poisonous«, »discreditable«, and »a sham«. Now, more than 120 years after Wilde handed it over to his publisher, Wilde's uncensored typescript is published for the first time, in an annotated, uncensored, illustrated edition. The novel's first editor, J.M. Stoddart, excised material - especially homosexual content - he thought would offend his readers' sensibilities. Wilde said that »Dorian Gray« contains »much of me«.