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Sisters of Salome$
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Toni Bentley

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090390

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090390.001.0001

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The Russian Salome

The Russian Salome

Chapter Thirteen The Russian Salome
Sisters of Salome

Toni Bentley

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the family and career of Lydiia (Ida) Lvovna Rubinstein, who was born in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov on 21 September 1883. Following the death of her parents, Ida was sent with one of her sisters to live with a cousin of their father's, and grew up in an atmosphere saturated in artistic considerations. She discovered Oscar Wilde's Salome and immediately identified with the character. The subversive drama, the decadent sexuality, and the Dance of the Seven Veils appealed to the fantasies of this rich, young Jewish woman.

Keywords:   Ida Rubinstein, Lydiia Lvovna Rubinstein, Kharkov, Oscar Wilde

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