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ISBN-13: 978-1466223653 ISBN-10: 1466223650

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Comedy of manners in four acts by Oscar Wilde, performed in 1892 and published the following year. Set in London, the play's action is put in motion by Lady Windermere's jealousy over her husband's interest in Mrs. Erlynne, a beautiful older woman with a mysterious past. Unknown to Lady Windermere, Mrs. Erlynne is really her divorced mother who, for the past 20 years, has been presumed dead. Lord Windermere is merely hoping to ease the older woman's reentrance into society, which she attempts under a pseudonym. In a fit of pique, Lady Windermere goes to the rooms of her ardent admirer, Lord Darlington. Mrs. Erlynne follows closely, saving her daughter from scandal by an act of generosity that ruins her own chances. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884, he tried to establish himself as a writer, but with little initial success. However, his three volumes of short fiction, The Happy Prince (1888), Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891) and A House of Pomegranates (1891), together with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), gradually won him a reputation as a modern writer with an original talent, a reputation confirmed and enhanced by the phenomenal success of his Society Comedies -- Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, all performed on the West End stage between 1892 and 1895. Success, however, was short-lived. In 1891 Wilde had met and fallen in love with Lord Alfred Douglas. In 1895, when his success as a dramatist was at its height, Wilde brought an unsuccessful libel action against Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde lost the case and two trials later was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for acts of gross indecency. As a result of this experience he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. He was released from prison in 1897 and went into an immediate self-imposed exile on the Continent. He died in Paris in ignominy in 1900.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466223650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466223653
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on July 7, 2014
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It was fascinating and had many interesting words. Most of which I had to look for the definition but had a definite moral and inspiring story
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While not his best work (I just love "The Importance of Being Earnest!"), this is another of Oscar Wilde's insights into his contemporary world's foibles and mores. This is not our present world. However, knowledge of his world can still inform ours. There is a truth that transcends time and world view -- things that can be applied today. While maybe not relevant if viewed literally, there are notions and world views that apply today, and can be translated into our modern society. Give it a chance; see it for what it was then, and enjoy the ride. You may come out knowing more about yourself and others than you did before. That's what makes a great, classic work.
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This is another example of Wilde's remarkable ability to enmesh societal comedies and the horrendous hypocrisy of the British society in one play. Wilde and Bernard Shaw were, and still are, unbeatable in their works in this area. Each mixes lots of clever comedy with the hypocrisy of the treatment of women, even among women themselves. A true, accurate spotlight thrown on the British Caste System.
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By mgd on July 7, 2014
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Having read second time, I love this play even more.
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By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2014
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What can I say about Oscar Wilde that hasn't already been said. He's a very witty author who loves to comment on the social norms of his time. Well worth reading, as are all his books.
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In the last century life has changed so much! Our readig experience has tasted so many different subjects, styles of writing, etc. So here its's true that, as we say in Sapnish, "second times are never good" (segundas veces nunca son buenas). I'm sorry to say this, but that's what I felt in spite of myself.
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Why we do the things we do are always based on our current knowledge. when knowledge changes so do our opinions and actions.
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I recommend reading this book before watching the PBS Masterpiece Theater series "Lillie". That series is about Lily Langtry, a friend of Oscar Wilde's. This play represents a betrayal of their friendship, as the characters Mrs. Erlynne & Lady Windermere reference Ms. Langtry and her secret daughter. Langtry was angry, rejected Wilde as a friend, he fell out of favor in English society, and was soon after prosecuted for homosexuality. Langtry's good fortune faded too, though less quickly. They did ultimately reconcile, but damaged each other's reputations and quality of life in the process. An interesting story and the play itself is filled with classic Wilde quotes.
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