An Ideal Husband

This edition of An Ideal Husband A Play by Oscar Wilde is given by Ashed Phoenix - Million Book Edition

Author: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN: 9780368289958

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This edition of An Ideal Husband A Play by Oscar Wilde is given by Ashed Phoenix - Million Book Edition

An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde - An Ideal Husband A charming English period comedy with Wilde's subtly sardonic sense of humor.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde - An Ideal Husband A charming English period comedy with Wilde's subtly sardonic sense of humor. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854, Dublin, Ireland - November 30, 1900, Paris, France) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian Era. In his lifetime he wrote nine plays, one novel, and numerous poems, short stories, and essays. Wilde was a proponent of the Aesthetic movement, which emphasized aesthetic values more than moral or social themes. This doctrine is most clearly summarized in the phrase 'art for art's sake'.

Lady Windermere s Fan

This series presents students with a library of outstanding plays, many of which are otherwise unobtainable, or available only in out-of-date or unannotated editions.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198121679

Category: Religion

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This series presents students with a library of outstanding plays, many of which are otherwise unobtainable, or available only in out-of-date or unannotated editions. The texts are newly edited, with modernized spelling and punctuation where appropriate; and there are scholarly introductions and annotation. Oscar Wilde was already one of the best-known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s, and retain their power today. The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned for public performance by the English censor. Wilde's final dramatic triumph was his 'trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest, arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English.

An Ideal Husband A Play

An Ideal Husband is an 1895 stage play by Oscar Wilde that revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN: 9789353838447

Category: Fiction

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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 stage play by Oscar Wilde that revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play. The play opens during a dinner party at the home of Sir Robert Chiltern in London's fashionable Grosvenor Square. Sir Robert, a prestigious member of the House of Commons, and his wife, Lady Chiltern, are hosting a gathering that includes his friend Lord Goring, a dandified bachelor and close friend to the Chilterns, Mabel Chiltern, and other genteel guests. During the party, Mrs. Cheveley, an enemy of Lady Chiltern from their school days, attempts to blackmail Sir Robert into supporting a fraudulent scheme to build a canal in Argentina. Apparently, Mrs. Cheveley's late mentor and lover, Baron Arnheim, induced the young Sir Robert to sell him a Cabinet secret - which enabled Arnheim to buy shares in the Suez Canal Company three days before the British government announced its purchase of the company. Arnheim's payoff was the basis of Sir Robert's fortune, and Mrs. Cheveley has Robert's letter to Arnheim as proof of his crime. Fearing the ruin of both career and marriage, Sir Robert submits to her demands. When Mrs. Cheveley pointedly informs Lady Chiltern of Sir Robert's change of heart regarding the canal scheme, the morally inflexible Lady Chiltern, unaware of both her husband's past and the blackmail plot, insists that Sir Robert renege on his promise to Mrs. Chevely. For Lady Chiltern, their marriage is predicated on her having an "ideal husband"--that is, a model spouse in both private and public life whom she can worship; thus, Sir Robert must remain unimpeachable in all his decisions. Sir Robert complies with the lady's wishes and apparently seals his doom. Also toward the end of Act I, Mabel and Lord Goring come upon a diamond brooch that Lord Goring gave someone many years ago. Goring takes the brooch and asks that Mabel inform him if anyone comes to retrieve it.

An Ideal Husband

To marry a rake When heiress Sophie Ravel finds herself in a compromising situation, notorious Richard Crawford, Viscount Bingfield, swoops in and saves her reputation.

Author: Michelle Styles

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460310314

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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To marry a rake When heiress Sophie Ravel finds herself in a compromising situation, notorious Richard Crawford, Viscount Bingfield, swoops in and saves her reputation. She might have escaped the attentions of one undesirable, but will Richard's protection expose her to even more scandal? Richard curses his impetuousness at offering a betrothal in the heat of the moment. He gladly accepts Sophie's terms that their engagement remain a pretense…until, quite by chance, he unlocks his shy fiancée's passionate nature. Now nothing will steer him from wedding—then bedding—his blushing bride….

Wilde Complete Plays

This volume contains everything Wilde wrote in dramatic form Wilde's masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is printed here in its usual three-act form, but with an appendix containing the best material from the original four-act ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408149168

Category: Drama

Page: 624

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This volume contains everything Wilde wrote in dramatic form Wilde's masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is printed here in its usual three-act form, but with an appendix containing the best material from the original four-act version. Also included are his three 'problem plays', Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband, as well as his once-banned Salome and several other little-known but fascinating dramas. H. Montgomery Hyde, an acknowledged expert on Wilde and author of several books on him, provides an introduction to Wilde's life and work with special attention to the composition and performance of the plays. "Wilde is to me our only thorough playwright. He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audiences, with the whole theatre" (George Bernard Shaw)

An Ideal Husband

One of the nineteenth century's most successful and most frequently revived plays, An Ideal Husband has divided critics more than any other of Wilde's plays.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408136511

Category: Drama

Page: 208

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One of Wilde's most successful and most frequently revived plays, An Ideal Husband has divided critics more than any other. Treating political intrigue, financial fraud, blackmail, scandal and spin, and the role of women in public life, it is a play which engaged with issues of vital importance to its late-Victorian audience, which continue to resonate today.

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde Book Analysis

This engaging summary presents an analysis of An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, which tells the story of Sir Robert Chiltern, a well-liked politician who is considered a bastion of morality by everyone he knows, especially his wife.

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Unlock the more straightforward side of An Ideal Husband with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, which tells the story of Sir Robert Chiltern, a well-liked politician who is considered a bastion of morality by everyone he knows, especially his wife. However, an acquaintance of the Chilterns, Mrs Cheveley, uncovers a secret from Sir Robert’s past that could ruin both his reputation and his wife’s good opinion if were to become common knowledge. Sir Robert finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place as Mrs Cheveley attempts to blackmail him into supporting a fraudulent scheme that would leave his good name equally tarnished, and is forced to turn to his friend, the dandyish aesthete Lord Goring, to help him find a way out of this conundrum... Oscar Wilde was one of the most fascinating authors of the 19th century, known as much for his witticisms as for his writing. His most notable works include the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the comic plays An Ideal Husband and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Find out everything you need to know about An Ideal Husband in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband is an 1895 stage play by Oscar Wilde that revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN: 9789390230235

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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 stage play by Oscar Wilde that revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play. The play opens during a dinner party at the home of Sir Robert Chiltern in London's fashionable Grosvenor Square. Sir Robert, a prestigious member of the House of Commons, and his wife, Lady Chiltern, are hosting a gathering that includes his friend Lord Goring, a dandified bachelor and close friend to the Chilterns, Mabel Chiltern, and other genteel guests. During the party, Mrs. Cheveley, an enemy of Lady Chiltern from their school days, attempts to blackmail Sir Robert into supporting a fraudulent scheme to build a canal in Argentina. Apparently, Mrs. Cheveley's late mentor and lover, Baron Arnheim, induced the young Sir Robert to sell him a Cabinet secret - which enabled Arnheim to buy shares in the Suez Canal Company three days before the British government announced its purchase of the company. Arnheim's payoff was the basis of Sir Robert's fortune, and Mrs. Cheveley has Robert's letter to Arnheim as proof of his crime. Fearing the ruin of both career and marriage, Sir Robert submits to her demands. When Mrs. Cheveley pointedly informs Lady Chiltern of Sir Robert's change of heart regarding the canal scheme, the morally inflexible Lady Chiltern, unaware of both her husband's past and the blackmail plot, insists that Sir Robert renege on his promise to Mrs. Chevely. For Lady Chiltern, their marriage is predicated on her having an "ideal husband"-that is, a model spouse in both private and public life whom she can worship; thus, Sir Robert must remain unimpeachable in all his decisions. Sir Robert complies with the lady's wishes and apparently seals his doom. Also toward the end of Act I, Mabel and Lord Goring come upon a diamond brooch that Lord Goring gave someone many years ago. Goring takes the brooch and asks that Mabel inform him if anyone comes to retrieve it.

An Ideal Husband Companion

This contains a comprehension study of Wilde’s classic work (including chapter summaries for every chapter, overview of themes and characters, and other historical content). This edition also includes the complete text of the play.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1621074757

Category: Fiction

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Blackmail, political corruption, drama! Sounds like a great comedic premise. So why aren't you laughing? Maybe because "An Ideal Husband" was written over 100 years ago. Despite being one of Oscar Wilde's greatest works, some of the ideas and concepts are a little confusing today. If you need a little help, then this study guide is just for you! This contains a comprehension study of Wilde’s classic work (including chapter summaries for every chapter, overview of themes and characters, and other historical content). This edition also includes the complete text of the play. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde began writing "An Ideal Husband" in 1893, and completed it later that winter. At this point in his career he was accustomed to success, and in writing "An Ideal Husband" he wanted to ensure himself public fame.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781466362895

Category: Literary Collections

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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of twenty four hours. Oscar Wilde began writing "An Ideal Husband" in 1893, and completed it later that winter. At this point in his career he was accustomed to success, and in writing "An Ideal Husband" he wanted to ensure himself public fame. His work began at Goring-on-Thames, after which he named the character Lord Goring, and concluded at St. James Place. Oscar Wilde initially sent the completed script for "An Ideal Husband" to the Garrick Theatre, where the manager rejected it, but it was soon accepted by the Haymarket Theatre, where Lewis Waller had temporarily taken control. Waller was an excellent actor and cast himself as Sir Robert Chiltern. The play gave the Haymarket the success it desperately needed. After opening on January 3, 1895, "An Ideal Husband" continued for 124 performances.

An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde explores the plight of a promising young politician's desperate attempt to hide a secret.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: LA Theatre Works

ISBN: 9781580814607

Category: DRAMA

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Oscar Wilde explores the plight of a promising young politician's desperate attempt to hide a secret.

An Ideal Husband

Caversham in the future, and always under the usual palm tree. LORD GORING.
... And Chiltern's been wise enough to accept the seat in the Cabinet. ... if you don
't make this young lady an ideal husband, I'll cut you off with a shilling. MABEL ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486131203

Category: Drama

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Scintillating drawing-room comedy revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to reexamine their moral standards. The dialogue between young lovers, society matrons, and a formidable femme fatale keeps the action brisk.

An Ideal Husband

Wish I could say the same for you, sir. [To Lord Goring.] But your career will have
to be entirely domestic. LORD GORING Yes, father, I prefer it domestic. LORD
CAVERSHAM And if you don't make this young lady an ideal husband, I'll cut you
 ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

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Category: English drama (Comedy)

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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours."Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play.

An Ideal Husband Charmides and Other Poems

An Ideal Husband is an 1895 stage play by Oscar Wilde that revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 stage play by Oscar Wilde that revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play. In the summer of 1893, Oscar Wilde began writing An Ideal Husband; he completed it later that winter. His work began at Goring-on-Thames, after which he named the character Lord Goring, and concluded writing at St. James Place. He initially sent the completed play to the Garrick Theatre, where the manager rejected it, but it was soon accepted by the Haymarket Theatre, where Lewis Waller had temporarily taken control. Waller was an excellent actor and cast himself as Sir Robert Chiltern. The play gave the Haymarket the success it desperately needed. After opening on 3 January 1895, the play continued for 124 performances. In April of that year, Wilde was arrested for "gross indecency" and his name was publicly removed from the play. On 6 April, the same day as Wilde's arrest, the play moved to the Criterion Theatre where it ran from 13-27 April. The play was published in 1899, although Wilde was not listed as its author. This published version differs slightly from the performed play, as Wilde added many passages and cut others. Prominent additions included written stage directions and character descriptions. Wilde was a leader in the effort to make plays accessible to the reading public.

An Ideal Husband 1895 By Oscar Wilde

An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN: 9781540396112

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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present," and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play.In the summer of 1893, Oscar Wilde began writing An Ideal Husband, and he completed it later that winter. His work began at Goring-on-Thames, after which he named the character Lord Goring, and concluded at St. James Place. He initially sent the completed play to the Garrick Theatre, where the manager rejected it, but it was soon accepted by the Haymarket Theatre, where Lewis Waller had temporarily taken control. Waller was an excellent actor and cast himself as Sir Robert Chiltern. The play gave the Haymarket the success it desperately needed. After opening on 3 January 1895, it continued for 124 performances. In April of that year, Wilde was arrested for "gross indecency" and his name was publicly taken off the play. On 6 April, soon after Wilde's arrest, the play moved to the Criterion Theatre where it ran from 13-27 April. The play was published in 1899, although Wilde was not listed as the author. This published version differs slightly from the performed play, for Wilde added many passages and cut others. Prominent additions included written stage directions and character descriptions. Wilde was a leader in the effort to make plays accessible to the reading public.......... Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university, Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art," and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a licence for England due to the absolute prohibition of Biblical subjects on the English stage. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London.....

An IDEAL HUSBAND Complete Annotated Version

The play opens with a party at the Chiltern house, in which all the principal characters are introduced.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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The play opens with a party at the Chiltern house, in which all the principal characters are introduced. At this party, Mrs. Cheveley blackmails Sir Robert and forces him to support her Argentine Canal scheme, wherein she has invested heavily. She has in her possession a letter he wrote early in his public career wherein he bought state secrets and techniques for an excellent fortune that has supported him to at the present time. Faced with positive destroy, Sir Robert has no choice but to accept Mrs. Cheverly's terms, and agrees to head earlier than the House of Commons and publicly aid the canal. Later inside the night time, Lady Chiltern, who prides herself on having a "perfect husband" and is unaware of Sir Robert's previous corruption, appeals to his morality and forces him to jot down a letter retracting his promise to Mrs. Cheveley. Toward the cease of the act, Lord Goring and Mabel Chiltern find out a reputedly misplaced diamond brooch that Goring acknowledges as something he gave to someone lengthy ago. Lord Goring keeps the brooch and tells Mabel to tell him if each person asks for it.In Act II Lord Goring and Sir Robert discuss his plight, and Sir Robert relates why he dispatched the letter to Baron Arnheim, selling the state secret, such a lot of years ago. Lord Goring indicates Sir Robert must screen his immoral deed to Lady Chiltern, but he cannot fathom disappointing her and shattering her best image of him. Instead, Sir Robert wires to Vienna looking for information on Mrs. Cheveley, hoping to uncover something he can use to combat in opposition to her blackmail. Lady Chiltern enters and Sir Robert escapes alternatively fast. Lord Goring talks with Lady Chiltern, trying to see how she may react upon getting to know of Sir Robert's indiscretion. Lady Chiltern holds her husband in the highest regard and does no longer trust him able to corruption. Lord Goring warns Lady Chiltern that she has alternatively harsh views, and that life need to be lead with love in preference to judgment.After Lord Goring departs, Lady Markby and Mrs. Cheveley visit. Mrs. Cheveley lost a diamond brooch at the Chiltern's celebration and asks if it has been found. The ladies chat for a short while, and then Lady Markby departs to make a brief go to a nearby buddy. Left alone, Lady Chiltern and Mrs. Cheveley trade heated phrases. Mrs. Cheveley exhibits Sir Robert's past simply as he enters the room to discover his wife and his blackmailer collectively. He orders Mrs. Cheveley to go away, and she complies best after threatening him again. Lady Chiltern begs Sir Robert to disclaim Mrs. Cheverly's accusations, but he does now not, and ultimately tells her the fact approximately his past. She recoils from him in melancholy, her ideal photo of him shattered. The act closes with a tirade wherein Sir Robert curses how women placed guys upon not possible pedestals. He tells his wife she has ruined him, and storms out. Lady Chiltern, in extremely good ache, tries to comply with, but unearths her husband long gone.

An IDEAL HUSBAND by Oscar Wilde Annotated Edition

Wilde treats marriage as a complicated and imperfect relationship in his play, and mocks the Chilterns' try to create the suitable marriage primarily based on social repute.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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Wilde treats marriage as a complicated and imperfect relationship in his play, and mocks the Chilterns' try to create the suitable marriage primarily based on social repute. Lady Chiltern continuously states that her husband cannot come up with the money for to help the Argentine Canal scheme because he represents the first-rate of English lifestyles. Both Lady Basildon and Mrs. Marchmont complain approximately their marriage because they are too perfect, and are consequently uninteresting. In any marriage, issues arise, however in the nice marriages, love stays steady. Lord Goring is the play's champion of love, and his courting with Mabel permits for imperfections in place of focusing on ideals. Mrs. Cheveley tries to make Lord Goring marry her, however she represents evil and self-interest, and as Lord Goring notes, desecrates the phrase of affection. Thus, he does not even consider accepting her proposal, and maintains real to himself and his love. The survival of marriage and the inspiration of entering into married union is front and middle during the plot, and highlights the characters' imperfections.

An Ideal Husband 1895 Comedic Stage Play

An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781729301449

Category: Fiction

Page: 66

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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present," and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours."Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play.BackgroundIn the summer of 1893, Oscar Wilde began writing An Ideal Husband, and he completed it later that winter. His work began at Goring-on-Thames, after which he named the character Lord Goring, and concluded at St. James Place. He initially sent the completed play to the Garrick Theatre, where the manager rejected it, but it was soon accepted by the Haymarket Theatre, where Lewis Waller had temporarily taken control. Waller was an excellent actor and cast himself as Sir Robert Chiltern. The play gave the Haymarket the success it desperately needed.After opening on 3 January 1895, it continued for 124 performances. In April of that year, Wilde was arrested for "gross indecency" and his name was publicly removed from the play. On 6 April, the same day as Wilde's arrest, the play moved to the Criterion Theatre where it ran from 13

Oscar Wilde An Ideal Husband

Although Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) created a wide range of poetry, essays, and fairy tales (and one novel) in his brief, tragic life, he is perhaps best known as a dramatist.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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Although Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) created a wide range of poetry, essays, and fairy tales (and one novel) in his brief, tragic life, he is perhaps best known as a dramatist. His witty, clever drama, populated by brilliant talkers skilled in the art of riposte and paradox, are still staples of the theatrical repertoire.An Ideal Husband revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to reexamine their moral standards - providing, along the way, a wry commentary on the rarity of politicians who can claim to be ethically pure. A supporting cast of young lovers, society matrons, an overbearing father, and a formidable femme fatale continually exchange sparkling repartee, keeping the play moving at a lively pace.Like most of Wilde's plays, this scintillating drawing-room comedy is wise, well-constructed, and deeply satisfying. An instant success at its 1895 debut, the play continues to delight audiences over one hundred years later. An Ideal Husband is a must-read for Wilde fans, students of English literature, and anyone delighted by wit, urbanity, and timeless sophistication. Includes a biography of the author.