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Lady Windermeres Fan

Lady Windermeres Fan

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by Oscar Wilde

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Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde, first produced 22 February 1892 at the St James's Theatre in London. The play was first published in 1893. Like many of Wilde's comedies, it bitingly satirizes the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage.

The story concerns Lady Windermere, who discovers that her husband


Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde, first produced 22 February 1892 at the St James's Theatre in London. The play was first published in 1893. Like many of Wilde's comedies, it bitingly satirizes the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage.

The story concerns Lady Windermere, who discovers that her husband may be having an affair with another woman. She confronts her husband but he instead invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife's birthday ball. Angered by her husband's unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere leaves her husband for another lover. After discovering what has transpired, Mrs Erlynne follows Lady Windermere and attempts to persuade her to return to her husband and in the course of this, Mrs Erlynne is discovered in a compromising position.

It is then revealed Mrs Erlynne is Lady Windermere's mother, who abandoned her family twenty years before the time the play is set. Mrs Erlynne sacrifices herself and her reputation in order to save her daughter's marriage. The best known line of the play sums up the central theme:

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
-Lord Darlington

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The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet who delighted Victorian England with his legendary wit. He found critical and popular success with his scintillating plays, chiefly The Importance of Being Earnest, while his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, scandalized readers. Imprisoned for two years for homosexual behavior, Wilde moved to France after his release, where he died destitute.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 16, 1854
Date of Death:
November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:
Paris, France
The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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Lady Windermere's Fan 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this as part of my A-level english literature course I am compelled to inform you of the brilliance that it is. Through learning about Wilde in school I have learned to love him, this play being my reasoning.This comedy of manners is a sophistocated comment on society and still applicable to us today as through the conflicting viewpoints of Lord Darligton, a dandy, and Lady Windermere,a puritan, we can learn a great deal. The action of the play takes place within twenty-four hours and this is structured into four acts so this really doesn't take long to read. Lady Windermere's Fan had instant success and launched Wilde's career in 1892, it is important that people read this to understand why.I thoroughly recommend this play-5 stars. So what are you waiting for?Go buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading The Portrait of Dorian Grey, I was very reluctant to take on another work by Wilde. I thought it would be gloomy, but this play was very lovely. I loved the contrast between each of the characters. And it's not one of those plays that are purposely lengthened just for the sake of it. It is very short, but definately worth it! You should also see the movie based on this play called A Good Woman with Scarlet Johannson and Helen Hunt.
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