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An Ideal Husband (New Mermaids)

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Publisher Comments:

'I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to one's self.'

An Ideal Husband is a comic drama of political and personal deceit. Sir Robert Chiltern is the 'ideal husband' of the play's title, a brilliant young politician, whose eloquence and high principles have set him on the path to high office. His wife, Lady Chiltern, shares his ideals and is a great society beauty. They have the 'ideal' social and political partnership, but Sir Robert has a secret: in order to finance his entry into politics, he once sold confidential information to a sinister international profiteer. Threatened with the revelation of this secret by the glamorous adventuress Mrs Cheveley, Sir Robert turns to his best friend Lord Goring for advice - and thanks to the wit and resourcefulness of this wit and dandy, he has every prospect of being rescued from the revelations that would destroy his social and political career. Wilde's play was first performed in January 1895, the year of his own disgrace and imprisonment.

This student edition contains a fully annotated version of the playtext. The introduction includes an account of Wilde's life and a detailed analysis of An Ideal Husband as well as of its stage history.

Russell Jackson is Allardyce Nicoll Professor of Drama at the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on theatre history, including Shakespearean performance, and especially Shakespeare in the cinema. His books include Shakespeare Films in the Making, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film and The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage (with Jonathan Bate).

Synopsis:

Wilde's drama engages issues which are of immediate importance in modern culture and his stylish manner is calculated to permit a degree of detachment necessary when handling socially and politically explosive issues. The introduction sets the play in its historical, social and theatrical context.

About the Author

Russell Jackson is a Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780713666878
Author:
WILDE, OSCAR
Publisher:
A&C Black
Editor:
Jackson, Russell
Author:
Jackson, Russell
Author:
Wilde, Oscar
Location:
N
Subject:
General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Comedies
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
NEW MERMAIDS
Publication Date:
September 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
N/A
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.73 x 5.18 x 0.66 in

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"Synopsis" by , Wilde's drama engages issues which are of immediate importance in modern culture and his stylish manner is calculated to permit a degree of detachment necessary when handling socially and politically explosive issues. The introduction sets the play in its historical, social and theatrical context.
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