Title The Picture of Dorian Gray (Norton Critical Edition), 3/e
Author Oscar Wilde
ISBN 9780393696875
List price USD 15.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 176
Book size 134 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book

Review of the book:

“This edition is of the utmost importance to those interested in Wilde and literary modernism. It seems certain to become the standard edition of Dorian Gray.”
Ned Lukacher, University of Illinois at Chicago


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The 1890 (Lippincott’s Magazine) version and the 1891 (book) version of the novel. Under the editorial guidance of Wilde scholar Michael Patrick Gillespie, students have the opportunity to comparatively read and analyze both texts of this controversial novel.
  • Editorial matter by Michael Patrick Gillespie.
  • “Backgrounds” and “Reviews and Reactions” sections that allow readers to gauge The Picture of Dorian Gray’s sensational reception and to consider the heated public debate over art and morality that followed—including Oscar Wilde’s vehement replies to individual critics.
  • Seven critical essays—six of them new to the Third Edition—that address the novel’s major themes: aestheticism, decadence, and vice. Contributors include Joseph Carroll, Nils Clausson, Emily Eells, Michael Patrick Gillespie, Richard Haslam, Donald L. Lawler, and Ellen Scheible.
  • A chronology and a selected bibliography.


About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


A Note on the Texts

The Texts of The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Preface (1891)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

Joris-Karl Huysmans • From Against the Crain
Walter Pater • From Leonardo da Vinci • Conclusion [to The Renaissance]
Oscar Wilde • From The Critic as Artist • From The Decay of Lying

Reviews and Reactions
A NOTE ON “Reviews and Reactions”
St. James’s Gazette • A Study in Puppydom (June 24, 1890)
Oscar Wilde • To the Editor of the St. James’ Gazette (June 25, 1890)
St. James’s Gazatte • Editorial Note (June 25, 1890)
Oscar Wilde • To the Editor of the St. James’s Gazette (June 26, 1890)
St. James’s Gazette • Editorial Note (June 26, 1890)
Oscar Wilde • To the Editor of the St. James’s Gazette (June 27, 1890)
St. James’s, Gazette • Editorial Note (September 24, 1890)
Doily Chronicle • Review (June 30, 1890)
Oscar Wilde • To the Editor of the Daily Chronicle (June 30, 1890)
Scots ObserverFrom Reviews and Magazines (July 5, 1890)
Oscar Wilde • To the Editor of the Scots Observer (July 9, 1890)
Julian Hawthorne • The Romance of the Impossible
Walter Pater • A Novel by Mr. Oscar Wilde
Art Versus Morality: Dorian Gray on Trial
From Edward Carson’s Cross-Examination of Wilde (First Trial)
From Edward Carson’s Opening Speech for the Defense (First Trial)

Joseph Caroll • Aestheticism, Homoeroticism, and Christian Guilt in The Picture of Dorian Gray
Nils Clausson • “Culture and Corruption”: Paterian Self-Development versus Gothic Degeneration in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
Emily Eells • More Than a Coincidence? The Pre-Raphaelites and the Sibyl Vane Subplot of The Picture of Dorian Gray
Michael Patrick Gillespie • The Picture of Dorian Gray as a Post-Modern Work
Richard Haslam • The Hermeneutic Hazards of Hibernicizing Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
Donald L. Lawler • Oscar Wilde’s First Manuscipt of The Picture of Dorian Gray
Ellen Scheible • Imperialism, Aesthetics, and Gothic Confrontation in The Picture of Dorain Gray

Oscar Wilde: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English literature.


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