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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 Male Martyr

The Male Martyr

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Chapter Fifteen The Male Martyr
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Sisters of Salome
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Toni Bentley

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300090390.003.0016

This chapter describes Ida Rubenstein's affairs with Englishman Walter Guinness and American heiress Romaine Brooks. Romaine, a painter of extraordinary vision, saw in Ida a model for her ideal of the female body—and this image delineated Ida's transition from Salome's lively hedonist to a modern, pale, even anorexic, woman. The chapter also considers the reception to the play The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, which was written for Ida.

Keywords:   Ida Rubenstein, Salome, Walter Guinness, Romaine Brooks, St. Sebastian

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