More than 120 years after Oscar Wilde submitted The Picture of Dorian Gray for publication in Lippincottâ€™s Monthly Magazine, the uncensored version of his novel appears here for the first time in a paperback edition. This volume restores all of the material removed by the novelâ€™s first editor. Upon receipt of the typescript, Wildeâ€™s editor panicked at what he saw. Contained within its pages was material he feared readers would find â€śoffensiveâ€ťâ€”especially instances of graphic homosexual content. He proceeded to go through the typescript with his pencil, cleaning it up until he made it â€śacceptable to the most fastidious taste.â€ť Wilde did not see these changes until his novel appeared in print. Wildeâ€™s editorâ€™s concern was well placed. Even in its redacted form, the novel caused public outcry. The British press condemned it as â€śvulgar,â€ť â€śunclean,â€ť â€śpoisonous,â€ť â€śdiscreditable,â€ť and â€śa sham.â€ť When Wilde later enlarged the novel for publication in book form, he responded to his critics by further toning down its â€śimmoralâ€ť elements. Wilde famously said that The Picture of Dorian Gray â€ścontains much of meâ€ť: Basil Hallward is â€śwhat I think I am,â€ť Lord Henry â€śwhat the world thinks me,â€ť and â€śDorian what I would like to beâ€”in other ages, perhaps.â€ť Wildeâ€™s comment suggests a backward glance to a Greek or Dorian Age, but also a forward-looking view to a more permissive time than his own repressive Victorian era. By implication, Wilde would have preferred we read today the uncensored version of his novel.