Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Salome/ Under the Hill: Oscar Wilde/Aubrey Beardsley” as Want to Read:
Salome/ Under the Hill: Oscar Wilde/Aubrey Beardsley
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Salome/ Under the Hill: Oscar Wilde/Aubrey Beardsley

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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

Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Creation Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Salome/ Under the Hill, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Salome/ Under the Hill

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakMadeline by Ludwig BemelmansThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleThe Stinky Cheese Man by Jon ScieszkaThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Favorite picture books
196th out of 321 books — 195 voters
Demons of the Flesh by Nikolas SchreckFlowers from Hell by Nikolas SchreckStraight to Hell by Namida KingKilling for Culture by David KerekesThe Satanic Screen by Nikolas Schreck
Creation Books
25th out of 120 books — 16 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 103)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
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!
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
Apr 04, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: tetrarchs, etc.
Recommended to Kate by: Beardsley
Shelves: plays
"My dear fellow," he said, with his usual drawling emphasis, "when I see a monstrous tulip with four wonderful petals in someone else's garden, I am impelled to grow a monstrous tulip with five wonderful petals, but that is no reason why someone should grow a tulip with only three petals."
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.
Heather Wahlquist
Heather Wahlquist marked it as to-read
May 11, 2016
Adri marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2016
David Zen
David Zen marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2016
Horhat George
Horhat George marked it as to-read
Jan 31, 2016
xenu marked it as to-read
Jan 24, 2016
W.T.Hull rated it liked it
Jan 20, 2016
Alfredoz marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2015
Kat B
Kat B rated it really liked it
Dec 20, 2015
Er marked it as to-read
Nov 17, 2015
Charya Samarakoon
Charya Samarakoon rated it it was amazing
Oct 24, 2015
Sharon rated it it was amazing
Jan 21, 2016
Cesar marked it as to-read
Aug 10, 2015
Susan Budd
Susan Budd rated it liked it
Jul 01, 2015
Mrinalini marked it as to-read
May 12, 2015
Essence1980 marked it as to-read
Apr 27, 2015
Jess marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2015
Villy rated it liked it
Oct 19, 2014
Chiara Zani
Chiara Zani marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2014
Ashleigh Barbe-winter
Ashleigh Barbe-winter marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2014
Brooke rated it liked it
Jul 25, 2014
Carolyn Ryan
Carolyn Ryan rated it it was amazing
Jul 06, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about Oscar Wilde...

Share This Book

“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.”
“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.”
More quotes…