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Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray published

28th April 2011

An uncensored version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray has been published for the first time.

Over 120 years after the book was first published, the new edition will contain passages considered too daring for a 19th century audience.

As well as some 'vulgar' passages being removed, Wilde's original editor JM Stoddart also played down the novel's homoeroticism and removed references to the protagonist's mistresses.

Nicholas Frankel, the editor of the new, original edition, told the Guardian the new version brings the story 'out of the closet'.

'It is the version of the novel that Wilde, I believe, would want us to be reading in the 21st century,' he added.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, which tells the story of a young man's descent into hedonism, first appeared in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in June 1890.

It was met with public outcry, meaning Wilde had to make further revisions before it appeared in novel form the following year.

The newest edition is published by Harvard University Press.
 

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