An Ideal Husband, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (8 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780486414232

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This is a very enjoyable, typically Wildean play. There is lots of verbal repartee and some very funny send-ups of convention and manners. It would be an interesting play to see staged now, particularly with some strong actresses to play the lead women parts. I think good acting and interesting direction could make the tension between male and female roles in society quite entertaining. This was the first drama I read through Since the breaks don't always align with scene/act endings, it takes a bit of getting used to. Once I got accustomed to it, though, it was a pretty (albeit slow) way to read a play.

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Another great use of the English language of the times and a great portrayal of the humor and lifestyle of the times, although I suspect the lifestyle has received some literary licence in it's presentation. I don't feel that the story is as well crafted as "The Importance of Being Earnest" but it is entertaining. Here's a piece that I particularly liked that was written for delivery by a spinster in her twenties: "Oh, I love London Society! I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be."

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I think this play is a fantastic example of Oscar Wilde's writing. Even though it deals with the idea of marriage, I think it would be good for a literature class read, to talk about corruption, ideals, expectations, etc. This play is funny, and really well done.

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He states that a man's life is more valuable than a woman's over and over, i hated Wilde for it!

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Oscar Wilde is a fantastic author. His wit and humor, and how he uses it to make social commentary is superb. I would recommend this play as a fun, light read!

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