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Book Title: An Ideal Husband (Annotated)|
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The author of the book: Oscar Wilde
Edition: Moorside Press
Date of issue: May 5th 2013
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This ebook includes a biographical introduction, a short critical analysis of Oscar Wilde and a brief introduction to this work. Moorside Press has placed an emphasis on creating a usable formatting system for all of Wilde's plays, denoting characters, stage directions and settings, separate from spoken lines.
Written in 1893, but not performed until January 1895, An Ideal Husband was the third of Wilde's popular satirical comedies, following A Woman of No Importance and preceding The Importance of Being Earnest. The play revolves around an attempt by Mrs Cheveley to blackmail Sir Robert Chiltern into changing government policy so that she can profit from the decision. Only the dapper Lord Goring – a character that could only have been written by Wilde as himself – is able to thwart the plot by reference to Mrs Cheveley's nefarious past, while also saving the reputations of other characters and achieving something for himself in the process.
As with all of Wilde's satirical plays, there is more than just the plot on offer. Here, as well as delivering the familiar message about the past catching up with those in high office, he also has a dig at government business as carried out by the establishment of the day. But all that is less obvious than the skill with which Wilde delivers a plot that is at times complicated and which may also appear to be a closed door for some apparently doomed characters. How despondency is turned into rhapsody in the space of a few lines is a mark of Wilde.
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Read information about the authorOscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.
As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of "gross indecency" with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.
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