Dr. Joan Navarre, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin
From the moment of its publication in 1894, the English illustrated edition of Salomé by Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley has been controversial, with Beardsley bearing the brunt of the blame. Erotic details—openly portrayed—appeared to have nothing to do with Wilde’s words. For more than 100 years, critics have debated whether the compositions really illustrate the text. This lecture explores the publishing history of the Wilde-Beardsley collaboration and sheds light on the responses (often resentful) of various readers, including the original publishers.
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