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March 5, 2020

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#ReadIreland 2020 Oscar Wilde

by N@ncy

  • Author:  Oscar Wilde
  • Title:  Woman of No Importance
  • Premièred : 19 April 1893
  • Genre:  “skeleton-in-the-closet”  play
  • Reading time: 2 hours
  • List of Challenges 2020
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Finished: 05.03.2020
Rating: A+++
#Classic

Conclusion:

  1. Woman of No Importance satirizes upper-class English society
  2. at the end of the 19th C.
  3. It takes place, for the most part, in the homes of
  4. the rich and powerful, where Lord, Ladies,
  5. and Archdeacons socialize and gossip about their contemporaries.
  6. In this play the gossip is about Mrs. Arbuthnot
  7. …a woman of no importance.
  8. How many of us have this play in the bookcase
  9. …in The Complete Works of Oscar Wide?
  10. I have overlooked Wilde’s plays
  11. ….and I am the lesser for it.
  12. There’s a difference between the play as cultural work of art
  13. …and the play as entertainment,
  14. …in the same way that there’s a
  15. difference between a classical symphony and a musical.
  16. No, this play does not have the
  17. …gravitas of Death of a Salesman (A. Miller)
  18. …but is does have the emotion of the heart of a man (Oscar Wilde)
  19. …who has known joy….but also great suffering.
  20. The play touched a heart-string.
  21. #Bravo…Oscar Wilde

 

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mar 6 2020

    Thanks Nancy, you can’t beat some Wilde!

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