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Thoughts on Wilde's 'Salome' and other Salomé-related art can be found in my essay: < http://www.eveningoflight.nl/subspecie/2012/04/16/fatale-the-history-of-salome/ >.
My teacher picked this for me, because he thought the role of Salome was fitting for my personality. It might be, 'cause I enjoyed her as a character... if you look away from the fact that she actually murdered the man she loved.
As one can easily guess, Wilde gives his own interpretation of the biblical story of Salome / John the Baptist. Even more than the play itself (actually a lot more) I like love Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations. In fact I love Aubrey Beardsley. Period.Check out the rest of the illustrations here .
[These notes were made in 1983:]. 1974 edition of 1896/1907 texts. The story is unfinished, but this book presents amusement and interest on several levels. First, there is the textual problem presented in the Introduction - a classic example of the strange things that happen when prudery enters t...
[These notes were made in 1982:]. I read this in the 1977 Garland reprint of the original 1894 edition. Despite the Beardsley title-page and the lilac-scented dedication, there is little of what we think of as "decadent" in this novel. It is a rather unpleasant first-person portrait of a selfish man...