>>7325346 I know. The Picture of Dorian Gray is easily the most homoerotic thing I've ever read. I was actually disappointed that Dorian Gray's many sins were glossed over by him reading that 'book with the yellow cover.' The story was building up to crazy sin and vice, then it abruptly jumped forward in time and left it all up to the reader's imagination. On one hand, this is a fine storytelling technique, but on the other hand it feels a bit like a copout.
I bet that's what Oscar Wilde was regretting most when he got thrown in jail for being a fag. Bet he figured that he should have just written explicitly about all that gay sex he was having, instead of merely alluding to it with a book within a book. That would have really pissed the British people off, considering that they were already pretty mad at him just for writing in a flamboyant manner and hinting at sodomy.
>>7326251 As long as you look at the homoeroticism through the lens of 19th century sensibilities (as nothing but another flavor of perversity/hedonism, rather than as modern politicized gayness) it doesn't detract from the book at all.
We shouldn't forget the focal point of the book's theme: Aesthetics. Lord Henry's infatuation deals primarily with Dorian's beauty in of itself. There's little if anything to suggest sexual lust was part of this.
>Over 120 years after Oscar Wilde submitted The Picture of Dorian Gray for publication, the uncensored version of his novel appears here for the first time in a paperback edition. This volume restores material, including instances of graphic homosexual content, removed by the novel’s first editor, who feared it would be “offensive” to Victorians.
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