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Picture of Dorian Gray, The: A Longman Cultural Edition, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Oscar Wilde, Andrew Elfenbein

Published by Longman

Published Date: Mar 11, 2010

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From the Longman Cultural Editions series, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Longman Cultural Edition, edited by Andrew Elfenbein, presents the 1891 version of Wilde’s novel with detailed annotations drawing on contemporary writings about London.  It also presents a range of cultural contexts with information about the novel’s first reviews, aestheticism, Victorian treatments of sexuality and science, and parodies of the novel. 


Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete text of an important literary work, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track its composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


About Longman Cultural Editions


About This Edition




Table of Dates


The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)




    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)


        Chapter 11:  Further Annotations


    Victorian Reactions to The Picture of Dorian Gray



        Ward, Lock, and Co., Lippincott's Advertisement for The Picture of Dorian Gray

        Samuel Henry Jeyes, St. James's Gazette and Wilde's responses

        Walter Pater, The Bookman



        Robert Smythe Hichens, from The Green Carnation

        George Slythe Street, from The Autobiography of a Boy


        Wilde's Trials

        from Regina (Oscar Wilde) vs. John Douglas (Marquess of Queensberry)



        Walter Pater, "Conclusion" to The Renaissance

        Mathew Arnold, from Culture and Anarchy

        Oscar Wilde, from The Decay of Lying

        Joris-Karl Huysmans, from A Rebours (Against the Grain)



        Charles Darwin, from The Descent of Man

        William Kingdon Clifford, from "Right and Wrong:  The Scientific Ground of their Distinction"

        Thomas Henry Huxley, from "Science and Culture"

        Henry Maudsley, from The Physiology and Pathology of the Mind


        Love between Men

        John Addington Symonds, from "A Problem in Greek Ethics"

        Richard St. John Tyrwhitt, from "The Greek Spirit in Modern Literature"

        Havelock Ellis, from Sexual Inversion


        Works Cited in the Notes


        Further Reading







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