The Picture of Dorian Gray illustrated by Majeska


When first published in 1890 by Lippincott's Magazine, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray was deemed immoral and 'vulgar' among certain figures from the British press and public. In an attempt to quell the criticism Wilde revised the text for the 1891 book edition; in spite of this, its controversial reputation only grew when in 1895 Wilde stood trial for homosexual acts, which were illegal at this time, and the novel was quoted as 'evidence' by the prosecution.

Yet the novel endured. This American edition dates from 1930 with colour illustrations by a woman known only as Majeska, who chose to depict the physical transformation of Dorian Gray's portrait. Majeska's Aubrey Beardsley-influenced designs for works of the 19th century fin-de-siècle and Decadent movement were popular in America during this period.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray ... Illustrated by Majeska. [With plates.]
1930, New York, US
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Oscar Wilde
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