An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde
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An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Classic play by Oscar Wilde.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500125578
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/08/2014
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.
Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin.
As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art", and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a licence for England due to the absolute prohibition of Biblical subjects on the English stage. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London.
At the height of his fame and success, while his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was still on stage in London, Wilde had the Marquess of Queensberry prosecuted for libel. The Marquess was the father of Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. The charge carried a penalty of up to two years in prison. The trial unearthed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with men. After two more trials he was convicted and imprisoned for two years' hard labour.
In 1897, in prison, he wrote De Profundis, which was published in 1905, a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of 46.

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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An Ideal Husband 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
So Robert Chiltern is a stuffy 40 year old parliamentarian who is blackmailed by Lady Cheveley to support her illegal scheme. She knows the dishonorable origins of his wealth and threatens to expose him unless he supports her scheme. Robert sees no way out and agrees. Lady Chiltern, his high brow wife is absolutely appalled when her husband tells her he is supporting the scheme. She stresses how she knows him to be an honorable man who would never approve of such a dishonorable scheme and he reneges on his deal with Ms. Cheveley. Enter Lord Goring to the rescue. This wastrel dandy comes in and saves the day.  Super witty, super delightful - and such a nice change of pace from Dostoyevsky. This book was lovely because nothing was what it should be and everything was what it shouldn't. The word play was smart and edifying. The only downside was character development. There wasn't much by way of character development. They were shallow, one-dimensional caricatures of ideals and had no history to speak of. We never found out Ms. Cheveley's motivations and such. Still, entirely worth the read.
amin119 More than 1 year ago
Great Book !!!!
manurcu36 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and well written, this was a good read
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Linda R Mendietta More than 1 year ago
Not a book but a badly written play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Oscar Wilde, but the editing of this e-book was horrible. I expected more. Since this is play not a story the description is misleading. As for the story, it has more details in it than the movie.