An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde

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 adramatist.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 78 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.04 out of 5
  • Published February 5th 2001 by Dover Publications
  • Original Title: An Ideal Husband
  • ISBN: 048641423X (ISBN13: 9780486414232)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Robert Chiltern
  • Lady Chiltern
  • Lord Goring
  • Mrs. Cheveley
  • Mable Chiltern...more
  • Lord Caversham...less
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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.