Humanities Research Center

Meet VCU’s Authors: Nicholas Frankel

February 3rd, 2016

Nicholas Frankel, Professor of English, will talk about his work on new editions of Oscar Wilde’s novels and plays, in particular his recent uncensored edition of Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (Harvard University Press, 2011).


Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, first published in 1890, altered the ways in which Victorians understood the world they inhabited, heralding the end of a repressive Victorianism. Yet the novel’s first editor excised material—especially homosexual content—that he thought would offend his readers’ sensibilities. When Wilde enlarged the novel for the 1891 edition, he responded to his critics by further toning down its “immoral” elements. The original Dorian Gray that Victorians never knew was even more daring than the novel the British press condemned as “vulgar,” “unclean,” and “poisonous.” Now, more than 120 years after its original publication, Wilde’s uncensored typescript is published for the first time.

February 3rd, 2016
7.00 pm
Cabell Library Lecture Hall
Admission is free and all are welcome!