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The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Wilde , Nicholas Frankel
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A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife", Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden."

As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."

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A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while he continues to appear fresh and innocent. After he kills a young woman, "as surely as if I had cut her little throat with a knife", Dorian Gray is surprised to find no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden."

As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-happy friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, including the delightful "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." But despite its many languorous pleasures, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an imperfect work. Compared to the two (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his search for ever new sensations far less fun than the novel's drawing-room discussions. Even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wilde's supposed aims, not least "no artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." Nonetheless, the glamour boy gets his just deserts. And Wilde, defending Dorian Gray, had it both ways: "All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0674066316
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Gld edition (13 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TS8UV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is just a warning to prospective kindle customers - the digital version of this book is not "lavishly illustrated" and most shocking of all to me, Nicholas Frankel's extensive notes, which run alongside the text and which exceed the actual length of the novel itself, are not included! Yes, there are two rich scholarly introductions, replete with notes, and some three pages of notes to the actual text, but the "annotations" which have excited so much comment from reviewers are in fact missing from the kindle edition. There was no warning from Amazon that the kindle edition is completely without the textual notes and illustrations. In fact Stonewall Riot Press has a complete, uncensored edition on Amazon for 9.19. The editor himself, JOHN MCARTHUR, praises Nicholas Frankel's annotations:

"I was already at work on my edition of the text when I received my copy of Nicholas Frankel's P-book edition published in 2011 by Harvard University Press. Though I was somewhat dismayed at having been scooped, I could only admire the quality and thoroughness of Professor Frankel's scholarship. His notes, which run alongside the text, exceed it in length, and he also provides lavish illustrations and other resources. I heartily recommend this edition for readers seeking a scholarly edition for research purposes. I frankly cannot see how it can be superseded."

A very generous endorsement, but for those who are seeking a scholarly edition, beware of the kindle edition which is very much a truncated version. Far better to go for Stonewall Riot Press' edition, which is actually four dollars cheaper.
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2.0 out of 5 stars fragile ego 21 Oct 2012
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What nonsence to say this is uncensored, the 1970s tv version has as much in its contant and that was a famly vewing play! Who would have such a fragile male ego to think there was any gay material. No form of intamancy was ever eluded to male or female, for all we know the so called vices could be that he ate too much cake!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition/Reader's Edition: not annotated or illustrated 19 Nov 2012
By Richard B. Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
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This is just a warning to prospective kindle customers - the kindle version of this book is not "lavishly illustrated" which is not so surprising in a digital edition. But what was more surprising to me, Nicholas Frankel's extensive notes, which run alongside the text and which exceed the actual length of the novel itself, are not included. In fact, both the paperback and kindle editions are 'reader's editions'. Yes, there are two rich scholarly introductions, replete with notes, and some three pages of notes to the actual text (which are also included in the hardback) , but the "annotations" which have excited so much comment from reviewers are in fact missing from the kindle edition. There was no warning from Amazon that the kindle edition omits the textual notes that run side by side with the text in the hardback. However, when I pointed this out to Amazon, 'they' very generously offered me a certificate for the amount of the book on my next purchase. So that was very nice.

In fact Stonewall Riot Press has a complete, uncensored "reader's" edition on Amazon for 9.19. The editor himself, JOHN MCARTHUR, praises Nicholas Frankel's annotations:

"I was already at work on my edition of the text when I received my copy of Nicholas Frankel's P-book edition published in 2011 by Harvard University Press. Though I was somewhat dismayed at having been scooped, I could only admire the quality and thoroughness of Professor Frankel's scholarship. His notes, which run alongside the text, exceed it in length, and he also provides lavish illustrations and other resources. I heartily recommend this edition for readers seeking a scholarly edition for research purposes. I frankly cannot see how it can be superseded."

A very generous endorsement, but for those who are seeking a scholarly edition, you will only find it in the original hardback.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and informative 20 Dec 2012
By Joanna L. Brosius - Published on Amazon.com
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Beyond just the text, this edition gives a wonderful overview into the full cultural context of Oscar Wilde's original work, and all the influences that resulted in its changes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, interesting...not shocking 18 Sep 2012
By sally - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay when I bought this book I was leery because I thought it would be too scary. I've read scarier Harlequin Romances lol. Heck I read scarier children's bedtime stories lol. Now that isn't saying this book isn't good. I found myself constantly amazed that someone from Wilde's time could have had such clarity of thought on certain topics. I've never seen the movie made from this but I saw some movie posters. So it was hard taking the horror look and putting that in this book. It is more of a twisted coming of age story and not even one that gets too deep. Lord Henry has deeper moments of speech then Dorian. And as shocking as they said this book would be...I read nothing shocking. I thought maybe the unedited version would actually have a sex scene in it lol but they don't even mention a naughty body part lol. Nothing ever gets remotely sexual. I mean several characters are definitely gay but not in a shocking way. More like Jack McFarlan on Will and Grace. Most of the time I chuckled as I saw "Just Jack" with Jack doing his jazz hands as I read. The main appeal of this story is when it was written. So here is the thing...horror NO. Sexy No. Interesting ISH. neat insight to the time period of the story YEAH. Worth reading but don't fall for the shock and awe lol. Beautiful cover on this edition too. That alone is worth buying a cheap copy.
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