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Salomé is an adaptation by Oscar Wilde concerning the events preceding John the Baptist’s beheading. In this artistic version of the story, King Herod’s step daughter is enamored by John the Baptist, and tries to seduce him. When her endeavors are rebuffed, the girl approaches her stepfather asking for the prophet’s head. She gets her way by dancing for the king, ultimately inveigling him from sound judgment, and thus, ordering for John’s decapitation. Wilde’s play debuted in 1891, with the original version written in French.
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