Picture of Dorian Gray

ISBN-10: 0321427130

ISBN-13: 9780321427137

Edition: 2007

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From Longmans new Cultural Editions Series, Oscar WildesThe Picture of Dorian Gray, edited by Andrew Elfenbein, includes the novel and contextual materials from the era of Oscar Wilde.This edition of Oscar Wildes classic work, The Picture of Dorian Gray, highlights the novels modernity in both its form and its revolutionary content, and traces its links to modernist literature and the culture of modernity alike.Readers interested in Oscar Wilde.
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Book details

List price: $23.20
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 345
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880

Andrew Elfenbein is associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. He was born to a middle-class Irish family (his father was a surgeon) and was trained as a scholarship boy at Trinity College, Dublin. He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work. By 1879 he was already known as a wit and a dandy; soon after, in fact, he was satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. Largely on the strength of his public persona, Wilde undertook a lecture tour to the United States in 1882, where he saw his play Vera open---unsuccessfully---in New York. His first published volume, Poems, which met with some degree of approbation, appeared at this time. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, the daughter of an Irish lawyer, and within two years they had two sons. During this period he wrote, among others, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), his only novel, which scandalized many readers and was widely denounced as immoral. Wilde simultaneously dismissed and encouraged such criticism with his statement in the preface, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all." In 1891 Wilde published A House of Pomegranates, a collection of fantasy tales, and in 1892 gained commercial and critical success with his play, Lady Windermere's Fan He followed this comedy with A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and his most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). During this period he also wrote Salome, in French, but was unable to obtain a license for it in England. Performed in Paris in 1896, the play was translated and published in England in 1894 by Lord Alfred Douglas and was illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. Lord Alfred was the son of the Marquess of Queensbury, who objected to his son's spending so much time with Wilde because of Wilde's flamboyant behavior and homosexual relationships. In 1895, after being publicly insulted by the marquess, Wilde brought an unsuccessful slander suit against the peer. The result of his inability to prove slander was his own trial on charges of sodomy, of which he was found guilty and sentenced to two years of hard labor. During his time in prison, he wrote a scathing rebuke to Lord Alfred, published in 1905 as De Profundis. In it he argues that his conduct was a result of his standing "in symbolic relations to the art and culture" of his time. After his release, Wilde left England for Paris, where he wrote what may be his most famous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), drawn from his prison experiences. Among his other notable writing is The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891), which argues for individualism and freedom of artistic expression. There has been a revived interest in Wilde's work; among the best recent volumes are Richard Ellmann's, Oscar Wilde and Regenia Gagnier's Idylls of the Marketplace , two works that vary widely in their critical assumptions and approach to Wilde but that offer rich insights into his complex character.

List of Illustrations
About Longman Cultural Editions
About This Edition
Introduction
Table of Dates
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891
Contexts
Textual Issues
The Two Versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray
From Chapter 1 (1890, 1891)
From Chapter 7 (1890) and Chapter 9 (1891)
From Chapter 10 (1890) and Chapter 12 (1891)
From Chapter 13 (1890) and Chapter 20 (1891)
Further Annotations
Victorian Reactions to The Picture of Dorian Gray
Reviews
Lippincott's Advertisement for The Picture of Dorian Gray
St. James's Gazette, and Wilde's responses
The Bookman
Parodies
from The Green Carnation
from The Autobiography of a Boy
Wilde's Trials
from Regina (Oscar Wilde) vs. John Douglas (Marquess of Queensberry)
Aestheticism
"Conclusion" to The Renaissance
from Culture and Anarchy
from The Decay of Lying
from A Rebours (Against the Grain)
Science
from The Descent of Man
from "Right and Wrong: The Scientific Ground of their Distinction"
from "Science and Culture"
from The Physiology and Pathology of the Mind
Love between Men
from "A Problem in Greek Ethics"
from "The Greek Spirit in Modern Literature"
from Sexual Inversion
Works Cited in the Notes
Further Reading
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