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Originally published in French, 'Salome' is Oscar Wilde's 1896 dramatization of the biblical story of Salome, the step-daughter of Herod who danced before Herod and in so doing wins the granting of any wish that Herod may be able to fulfill. Salome asks for the head of John the Baptist. Fans of Wilde will delight in the dramatization of this biblical story.
Paperback, 75 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by (first published 1891)
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So this has to be one of the oddest, most oddly enthralling things I've come across in a while. Taken on it's own, Wilde's play isn't much: ponderous, dull. But combine it the whimsical illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, and through some kind of alchemical wizardry a rather extraordinary intertextual experience is created.

The text itself seems kind of antithetical to what we now associate with Wilde: nowhere to be found is anything resembling wit, snap, humor, double-entendre. Wilde apparently
Tracey Duncan
a gothic classic. particularly pleasing if you are now, or have ever been rejected by a man who thought he was better than you.

off with their heads!
Emily Snyder
My senior year of high school, I read this play as part of an independent course study of Oscar Wilde. My first impression upon completing it was: "Wow. That Salome is seriously f----d up!"

However, four years later while I was searching for a one-act play to direct for my college thesis - and having no particular luck - I remembered this play. Reading it again produced in me quite a different reaction: if Salome is crazed (I was more discreet in my thoughts at that time), then she is so because
Cheryl Kennedy
"Well, Jokanaan, I still live, but thou, thou art dead, and thy head belongs to me. I can throw it to the dogs and to the birds of the air. Ah Jokanaan, Jokanaan, thou wert the only man that I have loved. Ah, wherefore didst thou not look at me, Jokanaan? Thou didst put upon thine eyes the covering of him who would see his God. Well, thou has seen thy God, Jokannaan, but me, me thou didst never see."

"If thou hadst seen me thou wouldst have love me. I, I saw thee, Jokanaan, and I loved thee. Oh,
"I have kissed thy mouth, Jokanaan, I have kissed thy mouth."
So exhales Salome in OWs famous-awful play after she receives his head on a silver platter. With his religio rants, Jo was a tiresome bore. Eve, Delilah, Lot's wife -- the Bible views women brutally while serving sex & sadism girdled with inspirational asides. OWs extravaganza is wittily adapted by Ken Russell as "Salome's Last Dance." I got tangled in this Salome mischief after seeing Rita Hayworth's titular calamity in which she
ثمة أعمال مسرحية، لا تدرك عظمتها حتى تطلع على التحليلات التي طرحت لها، وترى كيف تباينت الرؤى حول مغزاها، كيف فهمها كل قارئ حسب شخصيته وتجاربه، وتنوع المشاعر التي بثتها في نفس كل قارئ. وهذه هي قمة اﻹعجاز اﻷدبي.

هذا العمل الذي كتبه وايلد بالفرنسية وهو في منفاه إثر فضيحة لاتعدو في عالم اليوم عن كونها علاقة مثيرة للإهتمام، تفصح عن وجه آخر لموهبة هذا الكاتب. فإلى جانب الوجه الساخر الذي يهدف إلى اﻹضحاك، وجانب الناقد الإجتماعي الصارم، هنا يرتدي وايلد قبعة المهتم بالميثولوجيا، العاشق ﻷجواء ألف ليلة وليلة
The classic, biblical tale has been portrayed many times, in different ways. Oscar Wilde is just one among many authors that saw the potential in the tragedy and made the story his own, as a play. The main story about the tetrarch Herod's daughter that gets John the Baptist's head in exchange for dancing, is the same. But details are different. Historically, Salome was a more passive character, not well defined, without many lines. Originally, she didn't even have a name. She was just a price fo ...more
Alice Poon
[Note: this is a combined review of "Salome" the play and the opera.]

It has been said often enough that music has no nationality. Sometimes, a piece of art can transcend culture and language to reach an apex of perfection, in which music and story fuse to produce a stunning art form that grips the heart and mind of the audience. Richard Strauss’ operatic gem “Salome” in German, based on Oscar Wilde’s French play, perhaps deserves to be counted amongst such pieces.

Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet and
First of all, I had no idea this was a one act play. Then I found out it was originally written in French (while Oscar Wilde was in exile in Paris) to avoid the Victorian censorship.

Salome is a tale of complex passion. Oscar Wilde's Salome is not an instrument of Herodias. She's a a sensual, sensitive lover who turns into a vengeful executioner. Her mother, Herodias and the present King had imprisoned and put to death, her father, the former king making her a "Hamlet". She falls in love with Joh
Ahmad Sharabiani
نمایشنامه و درام، بازسازی افسانه ی سالومه شاهزاده خانم شرقی، که برای به دست آوردن سر بریده ی جان باپتیست یا یحیی تعمید دهنده، با پاهای برهنه برای شوهر مادرش رقصید. اسکاروایلد نمایشنامه سالومه را با وجود قانون منع توصیف شخصیتهای کتاب مقدس نوشت. ا.شربیانی
Santosh Kashyap
...I dont know what Wilde had in his mind before writing this appears more as a retold story and completely lacks elements of subtle wits & humour, Wilde is known for...
Huda Aweys
This play is let to listen for free (by Amazon) as an audio book here on its page on goodreads ,First you can only press the button have a name (Listen) under the cover photo
المسرحية متاحة للإستماع على موقع جودريدز هنا على صفحتها من خلال موقع أمازون ، ككتاب صوتي
تحت صورة الغلاف هتضغط على كلمة
في البداية ..

(Straight to my Favs shelf)
(That Moreau painting!)

" I am amorous of thy body! Thy body is white like the lilies of a field that the mower hath never mowed. Thy body is white like the snows that lie on the mountains, like the snows that lie on the mountains of Judæa, and come down into the valleys. The roses in the garden of the Queen of Arabia are not so white as thy body. Neither the roses in the garden of the Queen of Arabia, the perfumed garden of spices of the Queen of Arabia, nor the feet o
Bryn Hammond
Great fan of the opera (Richard Strauss). I read the play against the libretto and found not much left out. Salome is an innocent, not a monster.
Enteresan bir oyundu Salomé; ancak İncil'e yapılan göndermeler nedeniyle, özellikle bu göndermelere dair pek fikrim olmadığından dolayı, biraz oyunun içine girmekte ve karakterleri özümsemekte zorlandığımı söyleyebilirim. Keşke biraz araştırma yapıp okusaydım, o zaman puanım da çok daha yüksek olurdu diye tahmin ediyorum.

Kral Herod, ölen kardeşinin karısı Hérodias'ın karısı ile evlenir; ancak bu durum bir peygamber olduğuna da inanılan Yahya'nın Hérodias ve evlilikleri hakkında oldukça sert söy
(Read as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.)

This was cute! So step-daddy Herod is a dirty old man, being all lascivious and stuff towards Salomé and wanting her to dance for him. There's a lot of, "No, I don't wanna" and a whole lot of Salomé's mother, Herodius, saying, "No, don't make her". Ultimately she does, but insists that when she does so, she wants Jokanaan's head (aka John the Baptist) brought to her on a platter which Herodius was all, "Yeah, DO IT" about.

When you're a dirty ol
Malak Alrashed
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Strange.. That's how I feel like.. I don't know what to say of the plot.. Wilde was good with words,but I wouldn't say great.. Don't go for it if you want to finish reading with a clear head..
Classic, Enthralling too, but lacks the charm and wit of Wilde.
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 .

Based on the Bible story of John the Baptist and how his head eventually got served on a silver platter--I'd always wanted to read some Oscar Wilde and heard this one was a little bit sexy so I was intrigued. I liked it, I think a story like that now could be even more intense, but it's written as a play and perhaps that's why it had its limitations. I liked it for what it was, for when it was written, and for the risk he took in doing so at that time.
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Soham Chakraborty
This will be difficult for me to review, plainly because I don't know anything of biblical characters or the theme. So, putting that apart, I can only try to understand Wilde's usual sorcery with words and the dark and misty environment that he creates with them. There are several long segments spoken by Salome and then by Herod which are exceptionally delicate - full with metaphors - conveying a very potent message to the recipients. Salome speaks about how she fell in love with Jokanaan, which ...more
Emilian Kasemi
Dark and intense!

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Martin Michalek
Salomé is one of those texts where the ideas presented by the author exceed the text itself. Not performed in England until well after Wilde's death, I found it hardly worthy of a ban by today's standards. But a woman trying to seduce John the Baptist (not to mention it was written by, like, a gay) was understandably of some controversy in Victorian England. Wilde wrote the play in French and it shows. One of Wilde's greatest charms is his ability to play with words and their meaning; to twist e ...more
The death of John the Baptist is not an unfamiliar story. Not only is it a Biblical tale, it is referenced in countless pieces of literature and has been treated by numerous painters. In "Salome," Wilde portrays Salome, not John the Baptist, as the victim. Although beautifully written, I found it difficult to find sympathy for Salome. I will concede that the world view of her mother and her environment had a large, devastating impact on her life, but Salome was a woman with a brain. Are we all t ...more
Kev D'Olivo
Wilde wrote this play in French, and his lover Lord Alfred Douglas supposedly translated it into English. I think much of the plays beauty was lost in the translation. It doesn't contain the witty conversation of other Wilde plays and doesn't read quite as smoothly. The plot is a simple retelling of John the Babtist's death and no more. As far as i can tell Wilde might have only embellished it in his own style by adding many aestheticism symbols and objects, such as Herods great collection of je ...more
SALOME. (1893). Oscar Wilde. ****.
I didn’t realize that this short one-act play by Wilde was originally written in French. It was ostensibly, according to the dedication, translated by Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred Douglas – although scholars have since cast doubt as to the extent of Douglas’s real involvement. It is a spare production with few characters: Herod, the Tetrarch of Judea, Herodias, his wife and formerly the wife of his dead brother, Jokaanan, the Prophet, and Salome, the daughter of

Salomé y su mamá están completamente chaladas, las amo.

Aparte de eso, la obra no tiene mucho sentido ni profundidad. Es sólo una fórmula de como cuando tienes A y le sumas B llegas a C. Los personajes son planísimos, vemos sólo una faceta de ellos, sí, pero no creo que esa sea excusa para no mostrarnos más sobre su personalidad. Aparte de que hay cambios demasiado abruptos o acciones que no tienen ningún sentido (la muerte de Narraboth, por ejemplo.)
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