This Norton Critical Edition is the only edition available that includes both the 1890 Lippincott's and the 1891 book versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray, allowing students to compare the two published versions with the editorial guidance of Michael Patrick Gillespie.
“Backgrounds” and “Reviews and Reactions” allow readers to gauge the novel's sensational reception and to consider the heated public debate over art and morality that the novel engendered. “Criticism” includes seven new essays on the novel that reflect key changes in interpretive theory in recent years and reveal the broad range of interpretive perspectives on Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Michael Patrick Gillespie, Simon Joyce, Donald L. Lawler, Sheldon W. Liebman, Maureen O'Connor, Elli Ragland-Sullivan, and John Paul Riquelme provide their varied assessments. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
Born in Ireland in 1856, Oscar Wilde was a noted essayist, playwright, fairy tale writer and poet, as well as an early leader of the Aesthetic Movement. His plays include: “An Ideal Husband, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, ” and “Lady Windermere's Fan.” Among his best known stories are “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Canterville Ghost”.