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Salome: A Tragedy in One Act Paperback – Abridged, June 1, 1967
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Few works in English literature have so peculiar a history as Oscar Wilde's play Salome. Written originally in French in 1892 and ridiculed on its publication, translated into English by Lord Alfred Douglas ("Bosie" himself) and again heaped with scorn, it has survived for 75 years, served as the text (in abridged form) for Richard Strauss' world-famous opera, and emerged as an acknowledged masterwork of the Aesthetic movement of fin de siècle England.
The illustrations that Aubrey Beardsley prepared for the first English edition have no less strange a story. Beardsley liked neither the play nor its author. Yet, it inspired some of his finest work. It is an open question as to how suited the drawings actually are to the text that Wilde wrote. Yet, the two, the play and the Beardsley illustrations, have nevertheless become so identified with each other as to be inseparable.
This edition reprints the first edition (1894) text, with "A Note on 'Salome'" by Robert Ross. The Beardsley drawings it superbly reproduces (mostly from a rare early portfolio) include not only the 10 full-page illustrations, the front and back cover designs, the title and List of Illustrations page decorations, and the cul de lampe from the original edition, but also three drawings that were not used, an alternate cover sketch, and the drawing entitled "J'ai baisé ta bouche, Iokanaan," which Beardsley did earlier for The Studio. Furthermore, all of the illustrations are reproduced in their original state, not as expurgated in the first and most subsequent editions.
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I've not a big fan, because I am very selective on what I read, but he adores this book.
Book came in great condition and is still holding up very well!
Salome, beautiful, young, willful beauty who knows how to use her strengths to get what she wants, especially from those who desire her intensely.
Although once satisfied her desire, in this case the kiss to the beheaded John the Baptist, does not get all the satisfaction she would have expected.
Masterpiece that in a few pages describes with great skill, beautiful language and thoughts the human weaknesses."
Corta obra teatral que muestra la admiración de Wilde por este relato de la Biblia y en la que posteriormente Richard Strauss, el gran compositor romántico de la segunda mita del siglo XIX se inspiró para su ópera del mismo nombre.
Salomé, mujer hermosa, joven, voluntariosa que sabe aprovechar su belleza para obtener lo que quiere, en especial de quienes la desean con intensidad, como su padrastro Herodes. Aunque una vez saciado su deseo, en este caso el beso a la cabeza decapitada de Juan Bautista, no obtiene toda la satisfacción que hubiera esperado.
Obra maestra que en unas pocas páginas describe con gran habilidad, hermoso lenguaje y reflexiones, las debilidades del ser humano.
I've read this play several times since I've first bought it and I'm always enchanted by it. It is thrilling and entertaining, I love the use of images alongside the text. Beardsley has a wonderful style and Wilde has a way with words. They make an incredible team and Salomé is an underrated play, in my opinion.
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