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Salome by [Wilde,  Oscar]
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"An operatic riff on the destructive potential of desire and power"-"Times" "lyrical, exotic and dark in the extreme"-"Whatsonstage.com"

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THE YOUNG SYRIAN: She has a strange look. She is like a little princess who wears a yellow veil, and whose feet are of silver. She is like a princess who has little white doves for feet. One might fancy she was dancing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0828314675
  • Publisher: Start Publishing LLC (20 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EP1YIS0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #334,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This play is based on the biblical story of the death of John the Baptist. Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Judea, is married to his brother's wife Herodias, but finds himself lusting after her daughter Salome. Overcome with wine and passion for Salome, he offers her anything to dance the dance of seven veils for him. Little does he know what price she will exact.
Oscar Wilde first published this book in Paris in 1891 in an attempt to bypass Victorian censorship. In 1894 it was translated into English, and published with a series of illustrations created by the incomparable Aubrey Beardsley. This book was quite shocking to Victorian Britain.
This book surprised me with its power. While not erotic in the modern, XXX sense, it is a compelling tale of decadence. The characters give no thought to anything but their own pleasure, and the worst of them all is the young (and far from innocent) Salome. Beardsley's stark, black-and-white pictures add to the tale, complementing Wilde's text with a disturbing, passionless sexuality. This is a fascinating story, and one that I recommend to any adult.
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One of his best
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Am a big fan of Wilde so will give a high rating to any of his writings. Go Wilde...
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I went for this edition because I've always found Dover books attractive to look at and handle, which this certainly is. I also thought the larger size would be better for the Beardsley illustrations. It's spaciously laid out with cream pages and I think it's well worth paying a bit extra for. My interest in the play was because of Strauss's use of it as the libretto for his opera . I wasn't expecting much from the play itself and I was surprised how powerful it is. From the start there's an ominous feeling in the air and the atmosphere is heavy with obsession, lust and moral decay. The language is often beautiful and exotic. It gave me a much greater appreciation of Strauss's music and as a result I bought the CDs of the opera after reading this.
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A nice guide for theatre fanatics. It's an intense sort of playwright that only Oscar Wilde could conceive and I suppose it would make the work of directos, actors and producers a bit easier.
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This is a well book at a really good price. I am very happy with this purchase. Very happy !
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I like this one.
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The Salome legend has its beginnings in the Gospels of Matthew (14:3-11) and Mark (6:17-28), which tells of the beheading of John the Baptist at the instigation of Herodias, wife of Herod. The queen was angered by John's denunciation of her marriage as incestuous (she had been married to Herod's brother). In both accounts, Herodias uses her daughter (unnamed in scripture but known to tradition, through Josephus, as Salome) as the instrument of the prophet's destruction by having her dance for Herod. The story of Salome was prominent in both literature and the visual arts until the end of the Renaissance, and was revived in the nineteenth century by Heinrich Herne, and explored by such divergent authors as Gustave Flaubert, Stephane Mallarme, Joris-Karil Huysmans, and Oscar Wilde.
Wilde wrote "Salome" in French in 1893 for the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt. The play was performed once in Paris in 1904, and today is much better known as the libretto for Richard Strauss' operetta. In large part Wilde ignores the idea that Heroidas is the prime mover behind John death, focusing instead on the eroticism of Salome's passions for the Baptist. In this version of the story, John rejects the princess who then dances the infamous Dance of the Seven Veils for Herod to achieve her revenge. Of course, fans of Wilde, or at least those who know the highlights of his life's story, will recognize the name of Lord Alfred Douglass, the translator of the play into English. However, whatever the merits of the play, the chief attraction of this volume remains the illustrations.
Aubrey Beardsley was an important artist in the Esoteric Art movement of the "fin du siecle" (end of the 19th-century). A close friend of Oscar Wilde, he did both the illustrations and stage designs for Wilde's play "Salome.
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