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A Woman of No Importance (New Mermaids) download ebook
ISBN:
0713637900
ISBN13:
978-0713637908
Author:
Ian Small,Oscar Wilde
Publisher:
Methuen Drama; 2nd edition (November 25, 1993)
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Pages:
176 pages
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1140 kb
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1826 kb
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Humanities
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Rating:
4.9

A Woman of No Importance - New Mermaids (Paperback). Staged in 1893, when Wilde had already achieved fame, wealth and notoriety, A Woman of No Importance was another attempt to fuse comedy of manners with high melodrama.

A Woman of No Importance - New Mermaids (Paperback). Gerald Arbuthnot is a young man on the make, with an American heiress and the post of secretary to the brilliant but dissolute Lord Illingworth within his reach. When he asks his mother to celebrate with them, it turns out that Illingworth is Gerald's father, who seduced and abandoned his mother twenty years earlier.

A Woman of No Importance By. Oscar Wilde. A Woman of No Importance. The persons of the play. Lord Illingworth Sir John Pontefract Lord Alfred Rufford Mr. Kelvil, . 1. The Ven. Archdeacon Daubeny, . Gerald Arbuthnot Farquhar, Butler Francis, Footman Lady Hunstanton Lady Caroline Pontefract Lady Stutfield Mrs. Allonby Miss Hester Worsley Alice, Maid Mrs. Arbuthnot. 2. The scenes of the play. ACT I. The Terrace at Hunstanton Chase.

A Woman of No Importance is a play by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. The play premièred on 19 April 1893 at London's Haymarket Theatre. It is a testimony of Wilde's wit and his brand of dark comedy. It looks in particular at English upper class society and has been reproduced on stages in Europe and North America since his death in 1900.

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Oscar Wilde's audacious drama of social scandal centres around the revelation of Mrs Arbuthnot's long-concealed . A Woman of No Importance is a strange meld that does not quite work.

Oscar Wilde's audacious drama of social scandal centres around the revelation of Mrs Arbuthnot's long-concealed secret. A house party is in full swing at Lady Hunstanton's country home, when it is announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed secretary to the sophisticated, witty Lord Illingworth. It starts as a comedy of society: a social drawing room satire, with the familiar types of epigrams, such as, The youth of America is their oldest tradition.

A Woman of No Importance. The Hall at Hunstanton Chase. ACT IV. Sitting-room in Mrs. Arbuthnot's House at Wrockley. TIME: The Present (1893) PLACE: The Shires. The action of the play takes place within twenty-four hours. FIRST ACT. SCENE Lawn in front of the terrace at Hunstanton.

English women conceal their feelings till after they are married. Women have become too brilliant. Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman. HESTER Do you, in England, allow no friendship to exist between a young man and a young girl? LADY CAROLINE We think it very inadvisable. MRS. ALLONBY Or the want of it in the man. LORD ILLINGWORTH You are quite right.

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This edition of Wilde's famous society comedy, which is frequently staged, includes a critical introduction and notes which sets the play in its historical, social and theatrical context.
Reviews:
  • Felhalar
Witty. This is a light read laced with humor. You'll enjoy it!
  • Voodoogore
I won't write of the play itself which I think is worth having and reading. Instead, a few words on this edition.

You cannot beat it on price. Though sturdy, the book is bare bones. No introductions. No cast of characters. I even noticed a few typos. At least once, a speech is attributed to the wrong character. Were I buying this play in bulk for a performance or a reading, I'd buy this edition. For my library, I'd be less inclined.
  • Westened
If you take this book at face value it is a light, enjoyable read. This book is so much more. Some parts i disagree with but it is interesting to see how some views on men and women have changed and how some stayed the same. I really enjoyed this book.
  • Pruster
I received the used cassette in good condition, and could listen to the full story without problems. It was entertaining, and it's a classic but doesn't leave you with anything of value. Not something I would pass down to my kids. A one time experience only, which means I might sell it myself on amazon.com :-)
  • shustrik
A review of life during its time.
  • Marr
And it arrived immediately. Someday I'll read it.
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  • Binar
I've just started re-reading this play and I think it is one of the most beautiful works Wilde ever wrote. Mrs. Arbuthnot's speech at the end of Act Four, beginning "men don't know what mothers are" is one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever read in Wilde. It's a very ironic speech, considering it was written by a man, but it shows what a wonderful insight into women Wilde had. The play is essentially about morality and the conflict between a person's own, private sense of morality and the moral values imposed on us by society. Ultimately, Mrs. Arbuthnot is the character who most deserves our respect, precisely because she refuses to buy into the moral values of those around her. Reading it, I can just imagine how it would be performed, I even find myself acting the play out in my head, such is the power and force of Wilde's dialogue. This is a truly beautiful work which I highly recommend
Great audio book! I listened to it three times. Powerful story of regret, pride and coming to terms with lost love.