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Title: Which is the Most Authoritative Early Translation of Wilde's "Salomé"?
Authors: Daalder, Joost
Keywords: British literature
English drama
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis group
Citation: Daalder, Joost 2004. Which is the Most Authoritative Early Translation of Wilde's "Salomé"? 'English Studies', vol.85, no.1, 47-52.
Abstract: Oscar Wilde originally wrote and published his now famous and highly regarded play "Salomé" in French (Paris and London, 1893). A very inaccurate translation of it into English, by Lord Alfred Douglas, led to much wrangling between Douglas and Wilde, who was profoundly disappointed with Douglas's work. So far, it has been assumed that this translation, which appeared while Wilde was still alive (he died in 1900), must despite all its faults be regarded as in essence 'the' English translation. What has not been realised, however, is that Robert Ross, Wilde's literary executor, ensured that, a few years later, a more accurate translation of "Salomé" was published in a small volume called "Salome: A Tragedy in One Act Translated from the French of Oscar Wilde" (London and New York, 1906), and one much better again under the title "Salome: A Tragedy in One Act Translated from the French of Oscar Wilde with Sixteen Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley" (London and New York, 1912). The 1912 text provides by far the best translation of Wilde's French; it should be regarded as the most authoritative translation of Salomé available.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/811
ISSN: 0013-838X
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