Brooklyn Man Returns Book Because He Didn’t Realize Oscar Wilde Was Gay

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Jeff, an employee at Molasses Books, a used bookstore in Bushwick, confirmed to Daily Intelligencer that this actually happened today. A man came in, purchased two books, and then returned shortly thereafter. Apparently, the back cover of The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, mentioned that the book had been selected by the Publishing Triangle as one of the top 100 gay or lesbian novels. The man told Jeff that Oscar Wilde had been recommended to him, but he hadn't realized the author was gay. Jeff says he didn't make a big deal out of the odd exchange. "It wasn’t exactly the time and place for a discussion," Jeff told us.