But his vain bargain eventually leads to murder and destroys Gray's life. However it came about, it certainly gives the novel's dramatisation courtesy of John Osborne considerable zip. I do have a bit of a quibble with Peter Firth's Dorian, he is a bit too much of a petulant, self-centred brat to really highlight the complex character created by Wilde. Haven't read any Wilde in a while, so this was a refreshing return to a timeless tale. Good to see that the tone and spirit of the book is well represented here, gay subtext and all. Normally dislike the look of these studio bound BBC period dramas from the 70s' but that artificiality suits this production.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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That is all. Of course, even as Wilde wrote these words, he knew that the critics did not agree with his assessment. In fact, the entire preface is a protest; a response to the backlash created by the original publication of his now-classic novel. Stoddart also deleted many passages that smacked of decadence more generally. Editorial practices were rather different than they are today, and Wilde had no idea about any of the changes until he read his own, less-explicit, piece in the magazine. But it was quickly clear that Stoddart had not gone far enough. The book was roundly criticized and badly reviewed by the British press, who were not only disgusted but offended.
The Picture of Dorian Gray Sexuality and Sexual Identity
Wilde is not to blame, of course and notwithstanding that a few of the most suggestive sentences were excised by his publisher : late Victorian society simply did not allow for a more explicit exploration of the love whose name could not be spoken, much less elevated to a central role in a novel. Then there are all those vague references to corruption and sensualism and unspecified nighttime activities that eventually incur the condemnation of his erstwhile friends. And what about those friends, whose arch conversations on art and manners, if not gay, are certainly high camp?
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