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Salomé A Tragedy in One Act by [Oscar Wilde]
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Salomé A Tragedy in One Act Kindle Edition

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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 siecle 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 baise 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. " --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


Donohue has set himself the task of rendering Wilde's French tragedy in 'an up-to-date, colloquial yet spare English translation' that could be performed on stage today. His work reads smoothly, and he's breathed life back into the play... The ominous Barry Moser engravings also establish the time and place mercifully free of a single Beardsley peacock feather.Shelf Talker: A smooth, effective translation of the infamous 1893 Oscar Wilde play, accompanied by a fascinating essay on the play's history, its successes and scandals. --Shelf Awareness This is an impressive achievement, rendering into clear and effective modern English an important play not well served by the standard translation. The effect is not unlike that of seeing a painting that has been restored. In the words of Miss Prism, it has been a great inconvenience being without it all these years. --Russell Jackson, Allardyce Professor of Drama, University of Birmingham --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B099WQG89Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delhi Open Books; 1st edition (19 July 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 665 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars very attractive edition
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1.0 out of 5 stars No illustration
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1.0 out of 5 stars Inhalt okay aber Druck absolut unbrauchbar
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1.0 out of 5 stars Inhalt okay aber Druck absolut unbrauchbar
Reviewed in Germany on 5 June 2021
Brauchte es für die Uni. An dem Stück selbst habe ich nichts auszusetzen, aber diesen Druck würde ich nicht nochmal kaufen.

1) Kein vernünftiges Impressum — ergo nicht vernünftig zitierbar oder sonst wie als Quelle angebbar.
2) Hyperlinks zu irgendwelchen Unterkapiteln(?), die nichtmal enthalten sind. Ich vermute, dass es sich um eine Aufzählung von und Verlinkung zu Aubrey Beardsley‘s Illustrationen zu Salome handelt. Ziemlich zwecklos, wenn man es so in der Hand hält.
3) Es sieht aus wie eine Hausarbeit, deren Formatierung zerschossen wurde, weil mit dem Blocksatz was schiefgegangen ist. Nichtmal die Seitenumbrüche ergeben Sinn und stören den Lesefluss.

Wenn man nur das Stück lesen will, geht es in Ordnung, aber für Uni / Schule / wissenschaftliche Zwecke kaum zu gebrauchen. Man kauft quasi ein misslungenes Word-Dokument, das in ein Heft gedruckt wurde und dessen Cover auch nicht sinnvoll oder hübsch ist. Investiert lieber ein paar Euro mehr und holt euch eine vernünftige Ausgabe.

Zum Werk selbst: man hat es schnell gelesen und es ist für Wilde-Fans, Leute, die sich mit englischer Literatur des 19. Jh. beschäftigen und solche, die femme fatale Figuren mögen, interessant.
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Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.

His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.