An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde
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An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

A Penguin Official Movie Tie-in Edition

A dazzling blend of farce and morality, An Ideal Husband explores human frailty and social hypocrisy. Sir Robert Chilton's secret is discovered and exposed: he is accused of having exploited government secrets for his own gain early in his political career. With this revelation from Mrs. Cheveley comes the threat of blackmail and the ruin of Sir Robert's career. Yet in order to be a successful blackmailer, one's own reputation must be beyond reproach.

* An Ideal Husband stars Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett, Rupert Everett, Gabriel Byrne, and Julianne Moore

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629219035
Publisher: Heraklion Press
Publication date: 07/26/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born in Ireland in 1856, Oscar Wilde was a noted essayist, playwright, fairy tale writer and poet, as well as an early leader of the Aesthetic Movement. His plays include: An Ideal Husband, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, and Lady Windermere's Fan. Among his best known stories are The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Canterville Ghost.

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.