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Oscar Wilde In America

QUOTATIONS BY OSCAR WILDE MADE IN OR ABOUT AMERICA

QUOTATION: She behaves as if she was [sic] beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm.

WHERE IT APPEARed

In the book version of:

The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Ch. 3
Ward, Lock & Co., 1891

In the story the comment is made by Lord Henry Wotton to his uncle George (Lord Fermor) referring to the possible fiancée of a friend, Dartmoor.


WHERE IT did not APPEAR

In the earlier magazine version in:

Lippincott's Monthly Magazine Vol. XLVI, No. 271, July [June 20] 1890, pp. 3-100

The quotation does not appear here as originally published in thirteen chapters.

Book: Mason, 328.
Magazine: Mason, 81.

Bibliography of Oscar Wilde
by Stuart Mason, 1914
LONDON | T. WERNER LAURIE LTD.

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LetterFromWardLock

Letter to Wilde from his publisher, suggesting changes to the story. They were not adopted.

Wilde's reaction is reminiscent of his remark to Edgar Saltus at Delmonico's, New York, in 1882, about his not tampering with his play Vera.

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