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Salome Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Salome was controversial in its time, and it’s easy to see why – it covers some of the darker sides of humanity. Read morePublished 12 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Had to read this for Uni. Not my cup of tea and definitely not the best Wilde you'll ever read.Published on 5 Oct. 2014 by J. M. Williams
Wow what a dysfunctional family! Wilde's play is a masterpiece bursting with psychological themes such as the side of guy naturePublished on 30 Jun. 2014 by francesca levi
A gourgeous farce on the mundanity of evil acts. It is more like a poem in blank verse than a play. Read morePublished on 2 July 2009 by James P. Weale
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