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A Woman of No Importance

Oscar Wilde

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A Woman of No Importance is a play by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. It is a testimony of Wilde's wit and his brand of dark comedy. It looks in particular at English upper class society and has been reproduced on stages in Europe and North America. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lady Stutfield? It must be the next world. This world and I are on excellent terms. [Sits down beside MRS. ALLONBY.]

LADY STUTFIELD. Every one I know says you are very, very wicked.

LORD ILLINGWORTH. It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.

LADY HUNSTANTON. Dear Lord Illingworth is quite hopeless, Lady Stutfield. I have given up trying to reform him. It would take a Public Company with a Board of Directors and a paid Secretary to do that. But you have the secretary already, Lord Illingworth, haven't you? Gerald Arbuthnot has told us of his good fortune; it is really most kind of you.

LORD ILLINGWORTH. Oh, don't say that, Lady Hunstanton. Kind is a dreadful word. I took a great fancy to young Arbuthnot the moment I met him, and he'll be of considerable use to me in somethi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed all three of these stories!

I used to be an inveterate playgoer (one year, 1989 I think, I saw 52 plays).

The action and dialog on stage can be pretty quick. And if you're seeing a play that was written in another time for a different culture, that might be too quick to catch.

For example, the first line of Lady Windermere's...more

"Prism, where is that baby?" demands the damndest dowager in theatre history in OWs farcical masterpiece. Feeling blue ? Reread this comedic milestone for the most preposterous merriment outside of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," with a bow to WS Gilbert and Sheridan. Wilde found his playwrighting...more

Oscar Wilde is such joyous fun! He makes us look at ourselves in the most ironic and funny ways. Certainly he was a master of satire and in this play, he has presented the characters in what I have come to think of as the stiff British way. I loved that is poked a great deal of fun at the staid V...more

I haven’t read a play in a while – I think the last play I read was ‘Homecoming’ by Harold Pinter a few years back. So, I decided to read a few plays this year. The first one I got hold of was ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde. I have always admired Oscar Wilde’s wit and humour and...more

Es, sin duda, una obra divertida y llena de absurdos, como también, una clara crítica de la sociedad de su tiempo.

La obra está estructurada en tres actos, y fue estrenada en el teatro de St James en 1895. Poco a poco se van introduciendo los personajes, Jack, quien se ha inventado un hermano lla...more

I don't read plays. Maybe I am the only human being who hasn't read Shakespeare. I tried. Honesty. When I was a teenager, decided to read Romeo and Juliet. Well, teenager+R&J, quite a good start. I got irritated by Romeo just in the middle of the book and left it. Then I started Hamlet. I don...more

3.5 stars

I love Oscar Wilde so much and I’m so glad I finally ended up reading his most famous plays, they were so ironic and funny, I also adored the social satire he did. I’d love to see them on stage, it must be amazing.

The Importance of Being Earnest, 4/5 stars
Lady Windermere’s Fan, 4/5 stars...more

So hilarious!

There's this:
“How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless."

"Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quit...more

"Vulgarity is what others do, not us."

It should probably be born English to succeed in transforming a somewhat boulevardist plot in a humor anthology that raises a smile on almost every page...
We can not recommend tasting in entertainment as a tasty toasted muffin half coated with orange marmalad...more

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