The Picture of Dorian Gray: Oxford World’s Classics by Oscar Wilde (Author), Isobel Murray (Editor)

TPODGWCI have read this twice before but have just read it in conjunction with the recently published uncensored version edited by Nicholas Frankel.

The latter has 13 chapters whereas the former had twenty. Did Murray add chapters to soften the impact or to explain to readers some extra background?

Murray’s chapter 3 has Henry visiting Uncle George to find out about Gray’s family background.

Her chapter 5 has Sybil Vane telling her mother that she has become engaged. Her brother, James, is suspicious.

In chapter 15, Dorian goes to a party of Lady Narborough’s and people notice that5 he is ‘out of sorts’.

Chapter 16 is his taxi ride to an opium den where he meedsAdrian Singleton and, later, James Vane, who remarks that he hasn’t changed in eighteen years.

In chapter 17, Dorian talks to the Duchess of Monmouth.

In chapter 18 he tried to save a hare from being shot but James Vane is shot dead in this hunt.

Chapters 19 and 20 expand the other versions’s chapter 13


 His principles were out of date, but there was a good deal to be said for his prejudices.


what brings you out so early ? I thought you dandies never got up till two, and were not visible till five.

Like all people who try to exhaust a subject, he exhausted his listeners

‘When an old woman like myself blushes, it is a very bad sign. Ah ! Lord Henry, I wish you would tell me how to become young again,

To get I back one’s youth, one has merely to repeat one’s follies.’

the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.

To see him is to worship him, to know him is to trust him

Ernest Harrowden, one of those middle-aged mediocrities so common in London clubs who have no enemies, but are thoroughly disliked by their friends

Nowadays all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.

The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one.

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  1. […] Some of our group thought that we were sold this version under false pretences since there is hardly any extra material and yet there are seven chapters from the World Classics edition missing here.… […]

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