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September 16, 2010


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At the end of the Meiji period, Oscar Wilde’s Salome was enormously popular in Japan. The famous prints illustrating Wilde’s play by Aubrey Beardsley were also very popular and some have said that the Wilde’s play Salome (along with Beardsley's prints) were more popular in Japan than anywhere else.

Ah, this is an amazing poem and translation. With all the allusions to Western lore, this is also extremely accessible. Beautiful work.

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