Unediting Dorian Gray

Unediting The Picture of Dorian Gray

The materials collected on this site present an "unedited" view of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. These materials focus primarily on the comparison of a passage that appears differently in the 1890 and 1891 editions of the novel. The site also includes substantial background materials on Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the role of the novel in Wilde's trial for "gross indecency" in 1895.  

It is recommended that users of the site dive right in to the passage comparison, which can be accessed at "Passage Comparison: 1890 vs. 1891." We also recommend you read the introductory headnote to Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray as an entry-point to the Background Materials portion of the site. You may also navigate the site through the table of contents located in the top left-hand corner or your screen.

The physical book copies represented by the digital images on these pages are held by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, a rare book and manuscript library owned by UCLA and located in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Clark holds the largest collection of rare books and manuscripts related to Oscar Wilde in the world, including letters, manuscripts, and books presented and/or annotated by Wilde himself. 

Underneath each image you will find a series of clickable buttons. "Description" simply gives you the name of the image, while "Annotations" will reveal any explanatory annotations (mapped onto specific "zones" of the image) you will need to understand what you are looking at. "Source" will take you to a zoomable version of the image. You can safely ignore "Details" and "Citations."