Salome | Study Guide

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Historical Fiction, Tragedy

About the Title

Salome, the main character of the play, is a reference to the biblical story about Herod Antipas, his second wife Herodias, Herodias's daughter from her first marriage, and the beheading of John the Baptist. However, Salome's name does not come from the Bible, where she is referenced only as the daughter of Herodias. The name Salome was bestowed on her by writers such as French novelists Gustave Flaubert and Joris-Karl Huysmans, in whose footsteps Oscar Wilde follows with the use of the name.

Salome was originally written in French, and the spelling of some characters' names varies in different translations. The 1894 edition, translated by Lord Alfred Douglas and featuring illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, spells Salome without an accent. It also spells the name of the John the Baptist character, written as Jokanaan in some editions, as Iokanaan.


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