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27 August 2006 @ 05:41 pm
Half-naked Oscar pic?  

I always wanted to do this!
This picture has driven me mad for years and I still wonder if it´s real. I got it from Richard Ellmann´s bio "Oscar Wilde", it had credits and all. It´s our sweet Oscar performing as Salome in his own play, and he´s topless! In a dress.

Now what do you think?!
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Garnet: Oscar Wilde - the original RPSerfollowingmyfish on October 10th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
That picture isn't of Wilde; it's of a Hungarian actress, Alice Guszalewicz, who portrayed Salome in 1906. There's another picture of her in the costume here.

She does bear a striking resemblance to him, though.

"One particular photograph with the caption, 'Wilde in costume as Salome,' is falsely identified as Wilde. It was not until 1992, five years after Ellmann's biography was published, that John Stokes and, subsequently in 1994, Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde's grandson, acknowledging the scholarly pursuit of Horst Schroeder, corrected and explained the error. In The Times Literary Supplement Merlin Holland alerted readers that this photograph is not of Wilde but of Alice Guszalewicz, a Hungarian actress who, in 1906, played Salome in Richard Strauss's opera. It should be noted, as Merlin Holland points out, it is likely that Ellmann, so near to the end of his own life, did not personally verify the source of the photograph. Ellmann might have prevented the error had circumstances been different." (From an interesting Cornell article about Wilde, available here)
Matisse: matisse_ep on October 12th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
... @_@ That`s pretty much proof. Pitty. You disenchanted the whole lot of us, thanks. Now I`m crying. ;_;
No, it`s not that serious.
The actress has no boobs, nevertheless, and can therefore be easily mistaken for Oscar. XD
Garnetfollowingmyfish on October 12th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Sorry. ^^; I thought it was him for a couple of years too, until I saw it mentioned in Joseph Pearce's Wilde biography that the photo was misidentified and looked into it. I wonder if there was ever a corrected edition of the Ellmann book - my copy's only seven or eight years old, but it's definitely got the mistake in there.

(Then again, my copy also says that Ellmann is still alive on the copyright page... XD)