Salome: A Tragedy in One Act

Sevenov September 2, 2022

Salome: A Tragedy in One Act by Oscar Wilde

Author: Oscar Wilde | Published: 1896

Salome: A Tragedy in One Act

Oscar Wilde's Salome has been a controversial work of literature since its initial publication in 1893. The play is an adaptation of the Biblical story, and follows the daughter of Herodias as she requests John the Baptist's head upon a platter. The play was seen by some as blasphemous for its portrayal of a religious figure, and it was banned from performance in England until 1931.

Wilde's Salome received mixed reviews from critics who praised his writing style but were critical of his choice to focus on such a dark subject matter. Despite being censored, Wilde’s version became one of the most famous retellings due to its provocative nature and iconic characters like Salome herself. In modern times, this work has been adapted into multiple mediums including film and dance productions that seek to explore new meaning behind Wilde’s words. Find out more about Salome: A Tragedy in One Act at

About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde, the beloved Irish writer and poet, is renowned for his wit, intelligence, and playfulness. Born in 1854 Dublin to educated parents, he was soon recognized as an insightful and talented individual. At Oxford University he won awards for poetry and became a leader in the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century. His written works have since become classics: plays like "The Importance of Being Earnest" are still performed worldwide while his only novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" continues to captivate readers with its exploration of morality and vanity.

Wilde also wrote short stories, essays, reviews for theater productions, letters about social life and politics which were later published under the title “De Profundis”. Find out more about Oscar Wilde at

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