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Salome Oscar Wilde

Salome By Oscar Wilde

Salome by Oscar Wilde


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Salome is Oscar Wilde's most experimental - and controversial - play. None, however, could deny the importance of Wilde's creation. This edition uses the English translation by Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. Appendices detail the play's sources and provide extensive materials on its contemporary reception and dramatic productions.

Salome Summary

Salome by Oscar Wilde

Salome is Oscar Wilde's most experimental-and controversial-play. In its own time, the play, written in French, was described by a reviewer as "an arrangement in blood and ferocity, morbid, bizarre, repulsive, and offensive in its adaptation of scriptural phraseology of situations the reverse of sacred." None, however, could deny the importance of Wilde's creation. Contemporary audiences and reviewers variously regarded Salome as the symbol of a thrilling modernity, a challenge to patriarchy, a confession of desire, a sign of moral decay, a new form of art, and a revolt against the restraints of Victorian society. Less well known than Wilde's beloved comedies, Salome is as enduringly modern and relevant.

This edition uses the English translation by Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and overseen by Wilde himself. Appendices detail the play's sources and provide extensive materials on its contemporary reception and dramatic productions.

Salome Reviews

"Salome illuminated! This edition presents Salome as a formally complex, richly intertextual, and generative phenomenon of international modernism. Kimberly Stern sets a superbly annotated text between an extensive introduction and several appendices documenting the play's literary, cultural, and visual sources, its reception, and its translation, illustration, and performance histories. The edition offers copious source materials to augment the text, some requisite and some unexpected. Stern's adept and unprecedented selection of contextual sources enhances the powerful and recurrent fascination of a play that has continuously spawned adaptations as well as controversy. This is where all students of Salome should start."

--Heidi Hartwig, Central Connecticut State University

About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish-born playwright, novelist, and poet.

Kimberly Stern is Assistant Professor of English at Longwood University, USA.

Additional information

NGR9781554811892
9781554811892
1554811899
Salome by Oscar Wilde
New
Paperback
Broadview Press Ltd
2015-05-30
300
N/A
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