The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Book Facts

  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • First Published: 1890
  • Origin Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: Public Domain
  • Format: PDF

Book Description

When Oscar Wilde first published his story The Picture of Dorian Gray in a magazine it had 500 words removed by the editor without the author’s knowledge.

The editor felt that the content was just too risque for the Victorian England public of the time and quietly cut it.

Wilde was heavily annoyed by this happening and even with this shortened version being printed there was a public outcry.

Many went as far as saying that Wilde should face criminal prosecution for how extreme the themes were in the story.

With the popularity of the first version being high the writer decided to republish it a year later in 1891 but this time with the edited content included.

Wilde even included a warning at the start of his book that described how he felt that art should be art and not censored.

The Picture of Dorian Gray story itself centers around an artist and his oil painting that experiences a new rejuvenation in life that he feels is caused by his life-drawing subject.

Dorian Gray (the main character who the painting is of) manages to sell his soul and allows his aging to be transferred to the painting – leading him to live forever while the painting gets older instead.

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