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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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At Oscar Wilde’s tomb

Oscar Wilde's tomb

There are two people entombed within Oscar Wilde’s monument at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. You might have expected Wilde’s companion in eternity to be his Judas-like lover, Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas, or possibly Wilde’s forgiving wife, Constance, or one of their sons, Cyril or Vyvyan, but it is Wilde’s loyal friend and one-time lover, Robbie Ross. When Jacob Epstein

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