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A Woman of No Importance

By: Wilde, Oscar Small, Ian(Edited by)

Part of the New mermaids series
0713673516 / 9780713673517
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United Kingdom
126 x 198 mm, 150 grams 176 pages, c 5 photographs/line drawings
General (US: Trade)  Learn More A / AS level Undergraduate

Staged in 1893, when Wilde had already achieved fame, wealth and notoriety, A Woman of No Importance was another attempt to fuse comedy of manners with high melodrama.

Gerald Arbuthnot is a young man on the make, with an American heiress and the post of secretary to the brilliant but dissolute Lord Illingworth within his reach.

When he asks his mother to celebrate with them, it turns out that Illingworth is Gerald's father, who seduced and abandoned his mother twenty years earlier.

Loyalty weighs heavier than ambition, and Gerald declines the association with Illingworth.

This edition, which also analyses Wilde's various drafts and revisions of the play, argues that the playwright here continued to explore the rivalry between an older man and woman for the affection of a beautiful young man.


2AB English, 4KLR A/AS Level study & revision guides, DSBF Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 , DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

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