Lady Windermere's Fan
27 Installments— in English—Entirely free
Born into a well-to-do Irish family, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was smart and spirited from his earliest days. His mother a noted poet, Oscar grew up in a cultured world, full of fascinating personalities. In college, Wilde became the poster-boy for aestheticism, a glamorous, pleasure-seeking movement then at the height of fashion. Going on to enjoy a successful career as a poet, playwright, novelist, and lecturer, Wilde would be an icon for the rest of his life. However, his bold and unconventional choices would later bring him face to face with the strict moral code of Victorian society. While married, Wilde embarked on a passionate homosexual affair with Lord Alfred Douglas. Douglas's family, enraged at this relationship, attempted to expose Wilde for what they considered an unforgivable lifestyle. When their battle went to court, Wilde was ultimately convicted and sent to prison for indecency. After this debilitating experience, Wilde left to spend his last years in Paris. Although Wilde was condemned in his day for who he was, his writing and personal courage have restored him to a place of honor among writers. Among his many titles, Wilde is well known for such works as The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Importance of Being Earnest, De Profundis, and The Ballad of Reading Gaol.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
ACT I. Morning-room in Lord Windermere's house.
ACT II. Drawing-room in Lord Windermere's house.
ACT III. Lord Darlington's rooms.
ACT IV. Same as Act I.
TIME: The Present PLACE: London.
The action of the play takes place within twenty-four hours, beginning on a Tuesday ...
Reviewed by DayLily on Aug 27, 2011
A Wilde fan
Oscar Wilde... genius. Great plot, great one-liners.
Reviewed by Gwinnie_Babes on Aug 20, 2010
Q: How Awesome Can Oscar Wilde Be?
A: Immensely! I love how his plays still have comedic potential in a modern setting, whilst retaining their classic elegance. I absolutely loved it.
As the curtain rises we meet the principal character around whom the whole plot revolves. As she sits with her flowers, her friends come to join her, and suggest some infidelity is afoot between her husband and a disreputable woman. As she tries to find out if this is true, passions are declared, pleasant nonsenses exchanged and fans fluttered, fanning the flames of gossip and scandal. In true Wilde style, the whole sorry misunderstanding is declared in a roundabout yet satisfactory way, and all injured parties put to right. With throw away lines that one could bandy about at a dinner party today and characters you'll adore, this is a play that will stick with you for a long time. And it's all centre's on a fan....
Hope you enjoy it immensely!
*Expiation means atonement*
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