|Trade paperback, 229 pages|
Published 2006 (originally 1891)
Acquired January 2007
Previously read February 2007
Reread March 2012
by Oscar Wilde
As an experiment, I chose to reread the 1891 novel edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray after reading the "uncensored" version edited by Nicholas Frankel for the first time. Of course, the toned-down references to homosexuality stuck out a lot, but the other change made for this version was the addition of a few chapters. I don't think these really do a whole lot. One gives Dorian's background in greater detail, but who cares? Another gives us more of a look at Sybil Vane, but I feel that giving her a backstory undermines the point of her character.
On the upside, it's certainly more portable than the 2011 version of the 1890 edition.