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Salome/ Under the Hill: Oscar Wilde/Aubrey Beardsley

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This joint centennial edition of Salome and Under the Hill, united by seventeen of Beardsley's unsurpassable drawings, is a timely rehabilitation of these two all-too-often ignored fin-de-siecle texts, and constitues a volume of unadulterated Decadent Erotica which must surely stand as the apogee of its kind.

Censored, banned, and ridiculed upon publication, Oscar Wilde's

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Creation Books
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Marsha
Both works are set in the fin de siècle world of late 19th-century Europe and each plots its own spin on the sensibilities of that time. The former is a play is awash with the frustrated passion as various characters yearn for things out of their reach. While they look on hopelessly at the objects of their desires, it is one virgin’s desperate longing that spirals into viciousness and plummets the characters into a scene of horror and denied love.

Mr. Wilde decided to pen his play in French, whi
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Felix
Aug 19, 2015 Felix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Aestheticism
Salome: a rather disturbing, sensual, and straightforward play with an abundance of subtext. Oscar Wilde offers the reader a delicately worded single-act tragedy which can easily be enjoyed in one sitting. The unique thematic subtleties are quite in-your-face; not requiring too much examination to catch - bonus points and more fun to switch between character voices aloud. Beardsley's illustrations are STELLAR.

Under the Hill: more of a difficult read when compared to Salome. 'Tis essentially a pl
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Isaac Lambert-lin
Jan 07, 2015 Isaac Lambert-lin rated it really liked it
Salome- a short tragedy by Oscar Wilde. The material is crazy! Where would you come up with this? Oh its in the Bible. Wish I could see the Pacino version live...

Under the Hill- an erotic fantasy by Aubrey Beardsley (his illustrations run both stories). Such sexuality is such beautifully written (I couldn't get it all), but you won't soon forget Venus and her unicorn Adolphe!
Emylie
Salome is 5 stars for me, Aubrey Beardsley is entertaining and it has a unicorn
Michael Zendejas
Apr 21, 2013 Michael Zendejas rated it it was amazing
It was great. Wilde's Salome is a hypnotic, dark and twisted play. But to me Aubrey Beardsley's Under The Hill was the true highlight of the work. An erotic novel, it captures the quintessence of decadence and portrays acts of debauchery that are almost overwhelming to the reader. Though it is unfinished, I can say it rivals Huysmans Against Nature in terms of portraying an anti-hero locked in a dome of pleasure. I read the entire novel, including Salome, in one evening. It's captivating, a mast ...more
Kate
Apr 04, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: tetrarchs, etc.
Recommended to Kate by: Beardsley
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Sep 09, 2011 Barbie rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Oscar Wilde play. It is hypnotic, dark, revolting & beautiful. Beardsley's 'Under the Hill' which is included in this edition is worth reading just for its sheer absurdity.
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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“Then on quaint pedestals and Terminal Gods and gracious pilasters of every sort, were shell-like vases of excessive fruits and flowers that hung about and burst over the edges and could never be restrained. The orange-trees and myrtles, looped with vermilion sashes, stood in frail porcelain pots, and the rose-trees were wound and twisted with superb invention over trellis and standard. Upon one side of the terrace a long gilded stage for the comedians was curtained off with Pagonian tapestries, and in front of it the music-stands were placed.
The tables arranged between the fountain and the flight of steps to the sixth terrace were all circular, covered with white damask, and strewn with irises, roses, kingcups, colombines, daffodils, carnations and lilies; and the couches, high with soft cushions and spread with more stuffs than could be named, had fans thrown upon them, and little amorous surprise packets.”
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“From harsh and shrill and clamant, the voices grew blurred and inarticulate. Bad sentences were helped out by worse gestures, and at one table, Scabius could only express himself with his napkin, after the manner of Sir Jolly Jumble in the first part of the Soldier’s Fortune of Otway. Basalissa and Lysistrata tried to pronounce each other’s names, and became very affectionate in the attempt; and Tala, the tragedian, robed in roomy purple and wearing plume and buskin, rose to his feet and with swaying gestures began to recite one of his favourite parts. He got no further than the first line, but repeated it again and again, with fresh accents and intonations each time, and was only silenced by the approach of the asparagus that was being served by satyrs dressed in white muslin.
Clitor and Sodon had a violet struggle over the beautiful Pella, and nearly upset a chandelier. Sophie became very intimate with an empty champagne bottle, swore it had made her enceinte, and ended by having a mock accouchement on the top of the table; and Belamour pretended to be a dog, and pranced from couch to couch on all fours, biting and barking and licking. Mellefont crept about dropping love philtres into glasses. Juventus and Ruella stripped and put on each other’s things, Spelto offered a prize for who ever should come first, and Spelto won it! Tannhäuser, just a little grisé, lay down on the cushions and let Julia do whatever she liked.”
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