Sunday, September 06, 2009

Ten of the best saints in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best saints in literature.

One saint on his list:
St John the Baptist

In Oscar Wilde's Salome, "Iokanaan", as the saint is called, is a hairy, scary prophet who thrills Salome but rubs her mother Herodias up the wrong way. "Go, bid her rise up from the bed of her abominations, from the bed of her incestuousness, that she may hear the words of him who prepareth the way of the Lord, that she may repent her of her iniquities". Not surprisingly, Herod's wife decides to do in the saint.
Read about another saint on Mullan's list.

Related: Ten of the best devils.

--Marshal Zeringue