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The Picture of Dorian Gray - An Annotated, Uncensored Edition by Harvard University Press

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Aug 4, 2011, 12:54pm Top

Just thought this might be of interest to some...


It can also be purchased through Barnes and Noble for about $10.00 less.

Edited: Aug 4, 2011, 1:26pm Top

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What a coincidence! Should be getting it this week from bookdepository for €19.66. There was an advert in the LRB. Will be a great edition to add.

Aug 4, 2011, 2:32pm Top

LRB is actually where I first saw it as well. My copy should be here in a day or two. I went through B&N.

Aug 4, 2011, 2:56pm Top

I just came across this in the New Yorker:


I haven't read it yet but thought it may be of interest to readers here.

Aug 4, 2011, 7:37pm Top

Thanks for the link. I was interested to read about the differences between the various Dorian Grays.

I've been thinking of ordering this new "uncensored" (uncensored always seems a little too sensationalist to me) Dorian Gray, so it'd be great to hear what people think of it. :)

Aug 4, 2011, 11:06pm Top

Just ordered, thanks all I might have missed that.

Aug 4, 2011, 11:58pm Top

I am curious what those who read this think. I am very undecided as to whether these revivified versions are of great importance except to the specialist/scholar. Do these version really always represent a "truer" picture of the author's intentions? Although Wilde may have revised through fear of persecution, is this new Dorian a better work of art than the one which achieved fame and its own portion of artistic immortality?

I had these thoughts a few years ago when I read the "complete" Huckleberry Finn to which had been added the passages that Twain or his editor cut out before publishing the first edition.

Some of the differences in the story were slight, others were major--like the whole story of Huck's adventure when he is swims to a large raft inhabited by uncouth rivermen, listens to their tall tales and arguing, gets caught and has to make up some more outlandish stories.

This episode perfectly exemplifies my doubts about "complete" editions. This episode on the raft, interesting enough in itself, completely gets in the way of the story. The book is better without it, and I think Twain must have believed this as he made no efforts to restore it.

I have felt the same doubts about new "director's cuts" of movies. I can't think of a single case where I preferred the "director's cut" over the one that became established as a classic. Perhaps other reades may suggest a case where a classic was "improved" by restoring work that was left out of the first edition?

Aug 5, 2011, 5:22am Top

> 7 Blade Runner 'Final cut'; Lord of the Rings trilogy extended versions.

Aug 5, 2011, 5:45am Top

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For me, it's the 'annotated' aspect that stirs interest. Of couse, it's hard to judge just how valuable the notes will be until the book is in your hands (unless the editor enjoys already a solid reputation). But usually I can't resist any claims made for critical editions.

Aug 5, 2011, 7:37am Top

>7 Django6924:: I don't have any complete/director's cut/"original"/etc versions yet, but for those books that I read and enjoyed, my interest in different versions of the text is purely out of curiosity. I just want to know what differences there are, and also perhaps get a glimpse of the writer's frame of mind as he made the revisions.

Aug 5, 2011, 11:51am Top

>7 Django6924:: "Almost Famous: Untitled" director's cut by Cameron Crowe (and don't miss the commentary!)

Aug 5, 2011, 12:02pm Top

I must say SirFolio, thank you for that link. It is always a pleasure to hear about interesting things from you.

Edited: Aug 16, 2011, 9:32am Top

This edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray arrived this morning. A cursory examination reveals: It's a fairly large book (25cm x 23.5cm) bound in light blue buckram with spine stamped in gold. There are 295 pages. The table of contents includes, besides Wilde's novel, a General Introduction, a Textual Introduction, Textual notes (lettered) per chapter, Appendices (A. Accidental Changes introduced by J. M Stoddart or His Associates; B. The 1891 Preface to TPODG), Note on Wilde Editions, a 13 page Further Reading section with useful bibliographic tools, and credits for a total of 78 illustrations from a map of London in Wilde's day to Wilde's tomb, in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, covered with lipstick marks.The annotated work done by editor Nicholas Frankel appears superb. There is a total of 369 explanatory and critical notes for the 13 chapters of the novel.

Finally, the dustcover is fittingly a reproduction of Narcissus (c.1597-1599) by Caravaggio. It would appear that this is a welcome, highly recommended edition of Wilde's work. More to come.

Edited: Aug 16, 2011, 10:07am Top

Sorry, drasvola, when I click on it I just get the "general" Dorian Gray, not the specific edition. Do you have a non-LT link that would show the edition you received?

Edit: Or are you referring to the "Annotated, Uncensored Edition" previously mentioned?

Aug 16, 2011, 10:10am Top

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I was referring to the annotated, uncensored edition. Here's a link:


Aug 16, 2011, 10:30am Top

>15 drasvola:

Thank you! I should have realised, but my brain was busy elsewhere.

You're right about the dustcover art: it is stunning and appropriate!

Aug 16, 2011, 12:36pm Top

Very excited about this, got mine last week. The cover is stunning!!

Aug 16, 2011, 4:10pm Top

>15 drasvola:
Thanks for the link. Your description and the picture of the dustcover clinch it. And comforting to know that should I ever tire of the book, I can trade it back to Amazon in return for a gift certificate worth 'up to £7.95' !
Just like the 'circulating libraries' in those seedy side street newsagents back in the 1950s where you could buy a tatty paperback Mickey Spillane or Barbara Cartland or Hank Jansen for half-a-crown (2s 6d) and return it next week for sixpence off your next choice.

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