Lady Windermere s Fan

Lady Windermere s Fan

References to Lady Windermere's Fan are to the line numbers of the present edition. Other works by Wilde(except The Importanceof Being Earnest) are referred to bythetitleofthe volumeinwhichthey appear in Robert Ross's edition of the ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408145180

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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'My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's' Lady Windermere has a happy marriage - or, at least, that's what she believes until one of London society's gossips, the Duchess of Berwick, arrives with her daughter to voice her suspicions about an affair Lord Windermere appears to be having. It's not just the Duchess who has evidence, however. Windermere's private bank book shows that he's been giving large sums of money to a 'Mrs Erlynne' - on frequent occasions - and he himself even admits to seeing much of the woman. To add insult to injury, Windermere insists that Mrs Erlynne is invited to the ball that is being held for Lady Windermere's birthday. Employing the witty dialogue, social satire and outrageous paradox for which he is still remembered, Wilde's play shows us the destructiveness of gossip and superficial judgement, examines the ambiguous sexual morality and gender politics at the heart of the British ruling class, while simultaneously challenging our perceptions of what constitutes a 'good woman'. 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 Lady Windermere's Fan as well as its stage history. Ian Small is Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of a number of critical studies on Wilde and has edited several of Wilde's works, including a scholarly edition of Wilde's second society comedy, A Woman of No Importance, also published in the New Mermaids series.
Categories: Drama

Lady Windermere s Fan

Lady Windermere s Fan

The story concerns Lady Windermere, who suspects that her husband is having an affair with another woman. She confronts him with it but although he denies it, he invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife's birthday ball.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Blurb

ISBN: 0368651886

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde, first performed on Saturday, 20 February 1892, at the St James's Theatre in London. The story concerns Lady Windermere, who suspects that her husband is having an affair with another woman. She confronts him with it but although he denies it, he invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife's birthday ball. Angered by her husband's supposed unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere decides to leave her husband for another lover. After discovering what has transpired, Mrs Erlynne follows Lady Windermere and attempts to persuade her to return to her husband and in the course of this, Mrs Erlynne is discovered in a compromising position. It is then revealed Mrs Erlynne is Lady Windermere's mother, who abandoned her family twenty years before the time the play is set. Mrs Erlynne sacrifices herself and her reputation to save her daughter's marriage.
Categories: Drama

Lady Windermere s Fan by Oscar Wilde Book Analysis

Lady Windermere s Fan by Oscar Wilde  Book Analysis

The most mysterious character of the play, Mrs Erlynne, who is gradually revealed to be Lady Windermere's estranged mother, creates ripples in society through her unconventional behaviour. “Many a woman has a past,” the Duchess of ...

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 9782808016865

Category: Study Aids

Page: 48

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Lady Windermere’s Fan with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde, which tells the story of the recently married Lady Windermere, who begins to suspect her husband of having an affair with the notorious Mrs Erlynne. Through a series of misunderstandings, secrets and lies, it is revealed that there is indeed a connection between Mrs Erlynne and the Windermeres – but not one that Lady Windermere could ever have expected. Oscar Wilde was one of the most fascinating authors of the 19th century, known as much for his witticisms as for his writing. His most notable works include the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the comic plays An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Find out everything you need to know about Lady Windermere’s Fan in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
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Lady Windermere s Fan

Lady Windermere s Fan

Last night[ Enter Parker with a tray on which lie Lady Windermere's fan and a card . PARKER Mrs. Erlynne has called to return your ladyship's fan which she took away by mistake last night . Mrs. Erlynne has written a message on the card ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: IND:32000007188131

Category: Literature

Page: 51

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This book is an 1893 edition of "Lady Windermere's Fan."
Categories: Literature

Lady Windermere s Fan

Lady Windermere s Fan

Last night — [Enter Parker with a tray on which lie Lady Windermere's fan and a card.] Parker. Mrs. Erlynne has called to return your ladyship's fan which she took away by mistake last night. Mrs. Erlynne has written a message on the ...

Author: Оскар Уайльд

Publisher: Litres

ISBN: 9785040876693

Category: Drama

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Categories: Drama

Lady Windermere s Fan by Oscar Wilde Delphi Classics Illustrated

Lady Windermere   s Fan by Oscar Wilde   Delphi Classics  Illustrated

LADY WINDERMERE. Arthur, Arthur, don't talk so bitterly about any woman. I don't think now that people can be divided into the good and the bad as though they were two separate races or creations. What are called good women may have ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 9781786561558

Category: Fiction

Page: 86

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This eBook features the unabridged text of ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ from the bestselling edition of ‘The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde’. Having established their name as the leading publisher of classic literature and art, Delphi Classics produce publications that are individually crafted with superior formatting, while introducing many rare texts for the first time in digital print. The Delphi Classics edition of Wilde includes original annotations and illustrations relating to the life and works of the author, as well as individual tables of contents, allowing you to navigate eBooks quickly and easily. eBook features: * The complete unabridged text of ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ * Beautifully illustrated with images related to Wilde’s works * Individual contents table, allowing easy navigation around the eBook * Excellent formatting of the textPlease visit www.delphiclassics.com to learn more about our wide range of titles
Categories: Fiction

Social Criticism in Oscar Wilde s Lady Windermere s Fan

Social Criticism in Oscar Wilde s Lady Windermere s Fan

So it is certainly very interesting to examine his play Lady Windermere's Fan in regard to social and moral views. 1. Good and Bad One of the central topics is the theme “What is good and what is bad ?”, which is echoed in the subtitle ...

Author: Christina König

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638228978

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 13

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2 (B), University of Tubingen (English Philology), course: Proseminar I: Introduction to Drama, 4 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Today almost everything is accepted in modern society. It does not matter if a person is homosexual, bisexual or transsexual. Further, everyone can do even almost everything that pleases him. So, a lot of men “try” women –the more, the more they are famous, rich or successful. And even today’s women have broken free from their traditional tasks: raising a family, staying at home and doing the cooking. Instead, it is fashion to live a man’s life: going to parties, having a lot of affairs and neglecting the morals. Today’s women are as bad as their masculine fellow men. And even they have become worse- if you want to believe in what the older generation says about our youth. Maybe, this is true. If you compare it to the Victorian Age, so much seems to have changed. Thinking of Oscar Wilde, you will soon realise that he could have lived a much easier life in today’s world. He was an “enfant terrible” of his time. Not only that his artistic and theatrical views did not fit into society at all, but it were especially his sexual preferences that caused his main problems. In contrast to the latest tendency of acceptance for homosexuality, it was a real crime about the year 1900 and so he had to spend a certain time in prison. “The double life that it entailed was by no means a simple matter of deceit and guilt for Wilde: it suited the cultivation of moral independence and detachment from society that he considered essential to art.” 1(Small:1999,xiv/xv). With his behaviour he offended the leaders, institutions and press of his Philistine country. Yet, he always tried to be accepted by Society, but his attempts were mostly answered with exclusion.As Wilde lived for art, his works are a mirror of his own disappointment and frustration about the contemporary value system. So it is certainly very interesting to examine his play Lady Windermere’s Fan in regard to social and moral views. 1 Ian Small, “Introduction,” Ian Small (ed.), Lady Windermere’s Fan. A Play About a Good Woman (London: New Mermaids,1999) xiv/xv.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Importance of Being Paradoxical

The Importance of Being Paradoxical

Lady Windermere's Fan : Lady Wilde's Fan Mrs. Erlynne , the mother of the title character in Wilde's first theatrical sensation , Lady Windermere's Fan , is determined to make her daughter happy . Wilde was understandably proud of this ...

Author: Patrick M. Horan

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838637337

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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Horan asserts that Speranza's love of Irish myth fostered young Wilde's love of fantasy, which is evidenced in his fairy tales and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He concludes that Wilde wrote fantasy, in part, to identify humanity's inhumanity, to acknowledge that love is often unreciprocated, and to affirm the naturalness of homosexuality.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literature into Film

Literature into Film

When Lubitsch decided to make a silent film (¡925) of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, he took up the challenge of a play whose distinctive worth resides in the witty interplay of words. Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan is an operation ...

Author: Linda Costanzo Cahir

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786482993

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 315

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For most people, film adaptation of literature can be summed up in one sentence: “The movie wasn’t as good as the book.” This volume undertakes to show the reader that not only is this evaluation not always true but sometimes it is intrinsically unfair. Movies based on literary works, while often billed as adaptations, are more correctly termed translations. A director and his actors translate the story from the written page into a visual presentation. Depending on the form of the original text and the chosen method of translation, certain inherent difficulties and pitfalls are associated with this change of medium. So often our reception of a book-based movie has more to do with our expectations and reading of the literature than with the job that the movie production did or did not do. Avoiding these biases and fairly evaluating any particular literary-based film takes an awareness of certain factors. Written with a formalistic rather than historical approach, this work presents a comprehensive guide to literature-based films, establishing a contextual and theoretical basis to help the reader understand the relationships between such movies and the original texts as well as the reader’s own individual responses to these productions. To this end, it focuses on recognizing and appreciating the inherent difficulties encountered when basing a film on a literary work, be it a novel, novella, play or short story. Individual chapters deal with the specific issues and difficulties raised by each of these genres, providing an overview backed up by case studies of specific film translations. Films and literary works receiving this treatment include The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Lady Windemere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare’s Henry V. Interspersed throughout the text are suggestions for activities the film student or buff can use to enhance his or her appreciation and understanding of the films. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
Categories: Performing Arts