Meet VCU's Authors: Nicholas Frankel
James Branch Cabell Library, lecture hall (room 303)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284
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.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street, and West Cary Street parking decks. For questions, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events coordinator, at (804) 828-0593.
For more information about the event, see the event listing from the VCU Humanities Research Center. For information about all Humanities Research Center events, see the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences events list.
The Humanities Research Center and VCU Libraries present the "Meet VCU's Authors" series.
Image: Blue and golden paper marbling, book back cover, Germany, around 1880, scanned by Roman Eisele