Family Therapy Collections
Perspective and Retrospective
AUTHOR: Kaslow, Florence W.
PUBLISHER: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
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More than 120 years after Oscar Wilde submitted The Picture of Dorian Gray for publication in LippincottÃ¢e(tm)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 novelÃ¢e(tm)s first editor.
Upon receipt of the typescript, WildeÃ¢e(tm)s editor panicked at what he saw. Contained within its pages was material he feared readers would find Ã¢eoeoffensiveÃ¢e#157;Ã¢e"especially instances of graphic homosexual content. He proceeded to go through the typescript with his pencil, cleaning it up until he made it Ã¢eoeacceptable to the most fastidious taste.Ã¢e#157; Wilde did not see these changes until his novel appeared in print. WildeÃ¢e(tm)s editorÃ¢e(tm)s concern was well placed. Even in its redacted form, the novel caused public outcry. The British press condemned it as Ã¢eoevulgar,Ã¢e#157; Ã¢eoeunclean,Ã¢e#157; Ã¢eoepoisonous,Ã¢e#157; Ã¢eoediscreditable,Ã¢e#157; and Ã¢eoea sham.Ã¢e#157; When Wilde later enlarged the novel for publication in book form, he responded to his critics by further toning down its Ã¢eoeimmoralÃ¢e#157; elements.
Wilde famously said that The Picture of Dorian Gray Ã¢eoecontains much of meÃ¢e#157;: Basil Hallward is Ã¢eoewhat I think I am,Ã¢e#157; Lord Henry Ã¢eoewhat the world thinks me,Ã¢e#157; and Ã¢eoeDorian what I would like to beÃ¢e"in other ages, perhaps.Ã¢e#157; WildeÃ¢e(tm)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.
PUBLICATION DATE: 3/1/1988