"The Picture of Dorian Gray" is first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde's seminal work, is first published in its entirety in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine.

After a dinner meeting with Lippincott's managing editor J.M. Stoddart and Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle on August 30th, 1889, Wilde was commisioned to write a story for the publication. Wilde submitted a story "The Fisherman and his Soul," but was initially rejected by Lippincott's in favor of a longer story. This motivated Wilde to begin work on The Picture of Dorian Gray for the Philadelphia based magazine.

A revised version of the book (more familiar to modern audeinces) would later be published, though this was the first instance of Wilde's story appearing in public. This initial publication omitted 500 words, which scholars agree was intentionally done to eradicate any homosexual content the book originally had. These omitted 500 words have been subject to intense examination by scholars since the story's publication, due to the historical significance of their content.


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