Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dorian, Uncensored & Reshowtimed

Our group discussed Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (which had appeared the previous year in serial form), back in 2004. Since then, however, Nick Frankel has published The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Grayan edition that restores a good deal of material which Wilde was forced to expunge. Though we already have plenty of titles to discuss during 2015, I'd like to suggest we consider revisiting this classic down the road.

On a related note, those of you who have seen the Showtime series "Penny Dreadful," set in London during the Gay Nineties, know that it features Dorian Gray as a character. The show's second season will begin airing sometime this spring.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

I'd be up for rereading it!

I've also been intrigued by the below title, though it's literary quality may be suspect.

Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray A Novel
Author: Mitzi Szereto

From the Back Cover
What If Dorian Gray Faked His Death and Led a Secret Life?

Inspired by Oscar Wilde's classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mitzi Szereto continues where Wilde left off in her Faustian tale of a man with eternal youth and great physical beauty who lives a life of corruption, decadence and hedonism. The story begins in the bordellos of Jazz-Age Paris, moving to the opium dens of Marrakesh and the alluring anonymity of South America. Will love be Dorian's redemption or his final curse? Only Mitzi Szereto, author of Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, would dare write a sequel to Oscar Wilde's great literary classic.