Tag Archives: Aubrey Beardsley

The curse of Salome

Cover of 1907 edition of Salome by Oscar Wilde

Femme fatale Salomé may have claimed John the Baptist’s life, but she returned from the dead to ruin Aubrey Beardsley’s career and create another scandal in 1918, too. Photographs: My copy of the 1907 Bodley Head edition of Salomé, the first to feature all 16 drawings by Aubrey Beardsley. (The original version was written and published in French; this 1907

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Which poisonous yellow book?

Sepia photo of Oscar Wilde holding a book that has been digitally coloured yellow

The secret of Raoul, Dorian and Oscar “’Zola,’ said Mr Gorby thoughtfully, taking down a flimsy yellow book rather tattered. ‘I’ve heard of him; if his novels are as bad as his reputation I shouldn’t care to read them.” Fergus Hume, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), Chapter 6   “I prefer books … in yellow covers.” The blackmailer

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