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An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

An Ideal Husband (1895)

by Oscar Wilde

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“I love talking about nothing, father. It is the only thing I know anything about.”

I love Wilde’s wit. This is less laugh-out-loud funny than The Importance of Being Earnest, but it has (somewhat) more substance: about what truly makes a good marriage, and how real love forgives, and not idealizes. A lighthearted, fun read. ( )
  Gezemice | Mar 8, 2019 |
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.

Nietzsche with a buttonhole. This is a mercenary world of ennui and style. There must be a phenomenological link? Wilde notes Wealth is the new object of worship.

The interior logic of the play is a bit neat for my taste as is the means by which the husband is reprieved. Clasps on bracelets can be annoying, yet they aren't Gordian knots. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
An Ideal Husband was a very entertaining play, as all of Oscar Wilde's are. It tells the story of Robert Chiltern's nearly ruined political career. A satire that doesn't fail to be moving, the story is rife with suspense and serves as a good reflection on politics at that time, as well as the present. ( )
1 vote Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Read this then saw it performed in Stratford in the same year when times were good and I still got to go to plays at Stratford. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
A witty commentary on the double standards which politicians, and people in general, are often expected to live up to. A timeless theme, apparently! ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 23, 2016 |
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The octagon room at Sir Robert Chiltern's house in Grosvenor Square, London.
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
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Wilde's scintillating drawing-room comedy revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to reexamine their moral standards. A supporting cast of young lovers, society matrons, and a formidable femme fatale exchange sparkling repartee, keeping the action of the play at a lively pace.

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A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society and a shower of Wildean witticisms are only a few of the reasons this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals in London and New York. This 1895 drama also seems eerily prescient, as it explores the plight of a promising young politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rosalind Ayres as Lady Gertrude Chiltern: Jacqueline Bisset as Mrs. Cheveley; Paul Gutrecht as Vicomte de Nanjac; Martin Jarvis as Sir Robert Chiltern; Robert Machray as Phipps; Miriam Margolyes as Lady Markby; Alfred Molina as Lord Goring; Jim Norton as Lord Caversham; Yeardley Smith as Mabel Chiltern.

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Urban Romantics

2 editions of this book were published by Urban Romantics.

Editions: 1909175072, 1909175099


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