Jan. 5, 2021

EP 51: Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Book Reviews (1): Wilde's "The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray"

EP 51: Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Book Reviews (1): Wilde's

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1. Intro: Today we’re talking about The Picture of Dorian Gray, the uncensored version published in 2012 for the first time, more than 120 years after Oscar Wilde submitted his controversial novel for publication. The book was considered so outrageous that it was used as evidence in the trial against Oscar Wilde, for which he was sentenced to prison for homosexuality, which was a crime at the time.


2. Let’s start with a short summary of the plot.


3. In order to understand why the book was so controversial, we need first to talk about the context in which it was written back, about the Victorian society of 1890, its morality and laws, which are notoriously strict in certain respects. What can you tell us about Victorian morality?


4. What about laws? How was homosexuality viewed at the time?


5. Let’s talk now about the life of Oscar Wilde (emphasis on his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, which was disastrous for him.)


6. What was the public’s reaction towards the book? Why was it so controversial?


7. What is the difference between the censored and the uncensored versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray?

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