Posted on June 20, 2019 at 10:26 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde was published on this day 129 years ago, in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine.

Early reviews were, to put it mildly, not especially flattering; Nicholas Frankel, editor of an annotated edition of the novel, said that by August, Wilde had counted 216 attacks on his work.

So why not pile on? Literary Hub has gathered fifty one-star reviews of The Picture of Dorian Gray from modern critics — er, Amazon shoppers — in honor of the anniversary.

(And on the other side of the story ... we found a great roundup of Wilde's witticisms, which probably wouldn't have amused his contemporary critics, but certainly delighted us, and one other of Wilde's thoughts on reading and writing.)

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