The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine onThe novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. This famous
20 June 1890, printed as the
July 1890 issue of this magazine. The magazine's editors feared the story was
indecent as submitted, so they censored roughly 500 words, without Wilde's
knowledge, before publication. But even with that, the story was still greeted
with outrage by British reviewers, some of whom suggested that Wilde should be
prosecuted on moral grounds, leading Wilde to defend the novel aggressively in
letters to the British press. Wilde later revised the story for book
publication, making substantial alterations, deleting controversial passages,
adding new chapters and including an aphoristic Preface which has since become
famous in its own right. The amended version was published by Ward, Lock and
Company in April 1891. Some scholars believe that Wilde would today have wanted
us to read the version he originally submitted to Lippincott's.
Dorian Gray syndromeDorian Gray syndrome (DGS) denotes a cultural and societal phenomenon characterized by extreme pride in one's own appearance accompanied by difficulties coping with the aging process and with the requirements of maturation. Sufferers of Dorian Gray syndrome may be heavy users of cosmetic medical procedures and products in an attempt to preserve their youth. Dorian Gray syndrome is not recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).