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Salome

Music:Richard StraussLibretto:translation by Hedwig Lachmann of Oscar Wilde's stage poemPremiere:Dresden, December 9, 1905 Salome shocked early audiences with its gory portrayal of lust and ob…

John the Baptist

John the Baptist is a key figure in the Biblical stories of Jesus of Nazareth. According to the Gospels, John's role was to announce the coming of Jesus: in John 1:23 he tells interrogators, "I am the…

Gustav Klimt

Artist Gustav Klimt, like composer Gustav Mahler, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and big-time thinker Sigmund Freud, was a hotshot of Vienna's glory days as it ushered in the 20th century. Influenced…

Oscar Wilde

Name at birth: Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills WildeOscar Wilde was an 19th century Irish writer whose works include the play The Importance of Being Earnest and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. …

Jessica Chastain

American actress Jessica Chastain burst onto the scene with six feature films in 2011, including Terrence Malick's Tree of Life (she played Brad Pitt's wife) and Shakespeare's Coriolanus (with Ralph F…

Edward Winthrop GRAY

GRAY, Edward Winthrop, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Jersey City, N.J., August 18, 1870; attended the public schools; newspaper reporter in New York City 1894-1896; owner and publis…

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Director: Elia KazanCast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter This definitive adaptation of Tennessee Williams's play takes a dark look at daily life in a steamy New Orlean…

Ecology of Fear

Author:Mike DavisPublisher:Metropolitan Books In this brilliant and revealing work, meatcutter-turned-MacArthur Fellow Davis picks up where he left off in City of Quartz and trains his sights …

Favorite Opera Stories

AïdaIl Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)La BohèmeBoris GodunovCarmenCavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry)La Cenerentola (Cinderella)Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffma…

The Men of Brewster Place

Author: Gloria Naylor Publisher: Hyperion The Men of Brewster Place is Gloria Naylor's companion piece to 1980's acclaimed novel The Women of Brewster Pla…