Written originally in French in 1892, Wilde's one-act tragedy Salome enacts the biblical tale of a wanton woman's erotic dance and the martyrdom of John the Baptist. This volume reprints the complete text of the first English edition (1894) with illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, plus "A Note on Salome" by Robert Ross....more
1) Its a play, and I don't read play's often. I don't think I've read one in years, so this was quite exciting.
2)I got my hands on a 1935 edition, which, yes, is a little more than 40 years after it was published, but its much closer to the time than we are now. Every time I flipped the page I had the smell of old book overwhelming my senses. It was exciting.
This is a must-read classic, and I'm surprised I hadn't read it before now.
After I couldn't hel...more
(view spoiler)[SALOME: [Holding the severed head of Iokanaan.] Ah! thou wouldst not suffer me to kiss thy mouth, Iokanaan. Well! I will kiss it now. I will bite it with my teeth as one bites a ripe fruit. Yes, I will kiss thy mouth, Iokanaan. I said it; did I not say it? I said it. Ah! I will kiss it now. But wherefore dost thou not look at me, Iokanaan? Thine eyes that were so terrible, so full of rage and scorn, are shut now. Wherefore are they shut? Open thine eyes! Lift up t...more
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...more
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...more
I don't know that I've ever seen Shenton's work before, and I'm not sure this would make me pursue it. While he's clearly a talented artist, and though he doe...more
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...more
"If thou hadst seen me thou wouldst have love me. I, I saw thee, Jokanaan, and I loved thee. Oh,...more
Don't we believe that that... you know... happened?
Anyhoo, it's a goodn', and it's got some pretty awe-inspiring Jesus referances, such as when John tells Salome that "there is but one who can save thee" and yet all she can think about is J...more
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...more
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...more
King Herod had married Salome's mother who was in fact the wife of his brother. This incestuous relationship was heavily criticized by John the Baptist. In a fit of passion and drunkenness, Herod requests Salome to dance for him and in return offered to grant her any boon she sought. Salome dances - the infamous d...more
Not intended to be any sort of an accurate historical depiction, it is a great play for what it is. If you take it as a work of art, it will reward you.
I really enjoyed how each character in the play seemed to reveal who they truly were deep inside by how they viewed the personality of the moon. It was rea...more
Wilde si commenta da solo. Se le commedie sono pungenti e caustiche nei confronti della società a cui apparteneva,questa tragedia èun trionfo stilistico,scritta in una forma perfetta e sopratutto,sen...more