Lady Windermere's Fan

Lady Windermere's Fan

Oscar Wilde / Jul 24, 2019

Lady Windermere s Fan Centering around the arrival of a mysterious woman hoping to break into London s society this was Wilde s first great stage success Lady Windermere learns from a friend that Lord Windermere is spendi

  • Title: Lady Windermere's Fan
  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • ISBN: 9780486400785
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • Centering around the arrival of a mysterious woman hoping to break into London s society, this was Wilde s first great stage success Lady Windermere learns from a friend that Lord Windermere is spending a great deal of time with a Mrs Erlynne, and fearing that he is being unfaithful to her, she decides that their marriage is at an end Then, in an act of striking generosCentering around the arrival of a mysterious woman hoping to break into London s society, this was Wilde s first great stage success Lady Windermere learns from a friend that Lord Windermere is spending a great deal of time with a Mrs Erlynne, and fearing that he is being unfaithful to her, she decides that their marriage is at an end Then, in an act of striking generosity, Mrs Erlynne protects Lady Windermere s reputation and the truth about trust and loyalty is ironically revealed.

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      • Oscar Wilde

        Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of gross indecency with other men After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.


    857 Comments

    1. Reading an Oscar Wilde play is sort of like life being perfect. The structure of the work is faultless, the dialogue is uber-clever and fantastic. What's wrong with Wilde? Nothing. He's perfect. I can't imagine any writer who wrote so beautifully in his native language. There are some people who are born with 'it' and Wilde is one of them. Of course for someone so perfect he would have to get involved in some nasty social business via his decade. But when you look back at Wilde, one realizes tha [...]


    2. Wilde's wit never bores me, which is why he is one of my favorite authors. Below are a few quotations I particularly liked from Lady Windermere's fan:" scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.""In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.""What is a cynic?A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.""That is the worst of women. They always want one to be good. And if we are good, when they meet us, they don’ [...]


    3. "There is the same world for all of us, and good and evil, sin and innocence, go through it hand in hand. To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice."


    4. WOW. Oscar Wilde is a genius! This was so realistic, there was so much wisdom pouring out of it. It was entertaining and short, straight forward, full of cherished quotes. Loved it! ♥


    5. I think these classic plays are better enjoyed on stage than by reading. That seems so obvious that it seems silly to say. But the problem for most of us is, we haven't seen them on stage and probably won't. There is enough going on in this play though to make it a fun read. I use the word fun rather loosely because, even though it is a comedy, it doesn't seem like one to me. Maybe that is one of the things lost in reading versus watching, I don't know. I think it's a subtle style of humor that [...]


    6. Well, it seems that my liking of Wilde's works follows a graphic like this one:I am not kidding you. Every time I read another play, I think it's better than the one I read before. Perhaps I'm reading them in some particular order unknown to me, or my opinion is starting to get biased. In any case, I enjoyed this immensely.This one involves more drama and problems than the plays I read previous to this one. It has a jealous wife, there's blackmailing, there are some misunderstood things that lea [...]


    7. The Charming TripTruths , Dares and LiesSaviour Silences and Devastating Truths!Ssssssshhhhhhh --- Don't Say It!"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. I take the side of the charming"Forget about Goodness!Forget about Badness!Take the Charming Boat!All Aboard?! ;)


    8. Lady Windermere's Fan is classified as a Comedy of Manners, and while there are certainly humorous elements present in the usual clever Wilde manner, I would contend that there is more of drama here than comedy. The story at the base of this play is quite serious. The subject of the ease with which a person (particularly a woman) could be ruined and expelled from society (something that Wilde, even as a man, knew something of) is a serious topic for Wilde. The instinctive love of a mother is a s [...]


    9. \Wilde's work hinges on paradoxical epigrams that are both sinister in their implications and deconstructionist in their content, we are disturbed by that the character who voices the epigrams doesn't seem to have an moral core of their being and see the absurdity of, for example, the distinction between Nature and Civilization. Derrida, but satirical.


    10. Ciddi Olmanın Önemi, İdeal Koca ve Lady Windermere'in Yelpazesi tema ve karakterler olarak birbirlerini anımsatsalar da okuyucuya çok keyifli bir okuma sunuyor. Lady Windermere'in Yelpazesi'ni de diğer iki oyun gibi büyük bir keyifle okudum, çok eğlendim. Sahnede de izleyebilmeyi çok isterim.


    11. I highly recommend finding Wilde's plays on audio and listening to them while driving early in the morning. Press play as you sit in your freezing car, spend the first scene in a shivering fit, then ease into the second scene all nice and warm and toasty, at ease enough now to chuckle or chortle or guffaw at the playwright's acerbic wit. Pause in the middle of an argument between the Windermeres to roll your window down and request through a metal box a concoction of glutinous egg, english muffi [...]


    12. Todos estamos en el fondo de un pozo, pero algunos miramos las estrellas.No soy aficionado a las obras de teatro, pero tengo que admitir que esta me gustó mucho. Escrita como solo Oscar Wilde podía hacerlo. El autor retrata harto bien la sociedad victoriana, con sus estilos y sus objetos. Muy bueno.Tiene un final que no vi venir de ninguna manera.


    13. I'm a sucker for femme fatale versus puritanical women stories especially when these are accompanied by the wit of Mr. Wilde


    14. I extremely enjoyed reading this play. Oscar wilde is a shrewd writer and it is utterly noticeable in his works. Hence his wisdom is depicted within the plot, the characters, the speech and so forth. It is mighty interesting how he dealt with a daily problem in a penetrating way. The play is all about human nature and how people are used to exaggerate things, especially women(who are in love lol). How they keep nagging.Moreover how people judge others before truly knowing them; First the lady wh [...]


    15. I enjoyed reading this play, though the situations are so of their period that it can at times feel unrelatable to any modern person. I have never seen a good performance of it. In fact, it has produced several of the worst stage productions I have ever seen. The play seems to lends itself to stilted acting and un-motivated action. Worse than that, is watching modern actresses who seem to confuse overt sexuality with flirtation, attempt to reproduce the witty and mannered seductions. And if that [...]


    16. دراما اجتماعية عن الأفكار المسبقة التي يكونها المجتمع عن شخص ما، عن النفاق الإجتماعي وعن الثقة بين الزوجين.لن تجد شخصية بيضاء أو سوداء، كلها متعددة الجوانب، تخطئ وتصيب، تذنب وتتوب. هذا جمال المسرحية، ناهيك عن المحادثات التي تنضح عبقرية وخفة ظل.تدور أحداث المسرحية حول إنهيا [...]



    17. Here I mark my salutation again; Oscar Wilde is a remarkably witty genius, a true observant and a sly story teller.How easily he read not only the lips of society but the rationale hidden in their words, the cause for the effect and how beautifully he reverberates in his witty words, the incomprehensible fillers we miss in the thoughts behind the mouthing of the gaudy characters to submerge their ostentation and bring out the real ugliness or the real goodness. How sharpened his skills were as a [...]


    18. (Read as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.)Like The Importance of Being Earnest, this play involves some dishonesties, some false pretenses, and so very little communication.In other words, it's great fun.I might have enjoyed this more than The Importance of Being Earnest, only because I knew that story going into it, and this was entirely new for me. While the situation is familiar and done to death (by now in the 21st-century), Wilde wrote with a freshness that is undeniable. Maybe it [...]


    19. Reading Oscar Wilde's books is an amazing feeling because you never get dissapointed.This one is a magnificent play. "Margaret: Are ALL men bad.Duchess of Berwick: Oh, all of them, my dear, all of them, without any exception. And they never grow any better. Men become old, but they never become good.""Yes, I love you! You are more to me than anything in the whole world. What does your husband give you? Nothing. Whatever is i him he gives to this wretched woman, whom he has thrust into your socie [...]


    20. I'm afraid this wasn't the right book at the right time.I was hoping for something like The Importance of Being Earnest - a comedy with lots of clever wordplay; something to distract me for awhile.But while the witty wordplay is there, it's far from the comedy I was hoping for. It's a great deal more serious - more of a family drama than a farce.And it makes me rather sad that I may have ruined this play by listening/reading to it when I wasn't in the mood instead of finding something better to [...]


    21. I loved this play. It dealt with serious matters with very funny and witty dialogue. [You can look below this review to see all the quotes I saved, there was too many for me to choose from.] I read this while finishing The Iliad and I couldn't help wanting now to dialogue about how we see the treatment of women in the two works. In Homer's poem, women are objects to be won and breed like cattle, while in Wilde's play they are like show-animals whose reputations can be wagered and used to measure [...]


    22. Con Wilde me pasa lo mismo que Jane Austen sus libros pueden ser del año de la pera,but se leen rápido,no son densos ni se sienten arcaicos xD


    23. My phone's new e-reader came preloaded with a handful of public domain texts, and this was one of them. I was in this play my freshman year in high school, playing Lady Agatha ("Yes, mamma" delivered in varying inflections) so it's been a while since I read it.This time, it struck me as rather obvious in its morality. Lady Windermere is strict in her moral code right up until she isn't, and then has to be saved by the woman whose morals she despises, thereby becoming a better, kinder, more under [...]


    24. Lady Windermere’s Fan is a collection of catchy aphorisms loosely embroidering a fundamentally silly story. Oscar Wilde understood that the best marketing in the theatre world is to have people quote you, and so he built an entire play around the smart set tossing out modish epigrams like baubles from a Mardi Gras float. This was the earliest successful Wilde play and it does show some rough edges. The main character, Lady Windermere, is an unappealing puritan, an unlikely target for her besot [...]


    25. A very quick read with nothing but splendidness. I was sort of reluctant to begin this book simply because I am more of a novel-person rather than a play-person. Placing my trust on one of my favorite authors, however, I decided to read it.And of course, as usual after reading any of Wilde's works, I sit here dumbfounded as I wonder how this man managed to write things in such a way that no matter how terrible an opinion or point of view a character is expressing, it sounds convincing and enchan [...]





    26. Ya aviso que ésta probablemente será otra entrega de mi larga serie de “opiniones impopulares”. No soy fan del teatro de Oscar Wilde. El mayor problema creo que está en que Oscar Wilde es uno de los autores más citados de la historia. Has oído tantas veces citas suyas fuera de contexto que cuando las ves inseridas en su contexto original te suenan forzadas, falsas, metidas con calzador, “la gente nunca ha hablado así, soltando aforismos” dices. Otro problema que me cuesta digerir e [...]


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