What Every Woman Knows
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What Every Woman Knows

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Married by special agreement to John Shand, Maggie Wylie proves to be a highly effective voice for her politician husband. One of the author's most realistic and important theatrical works — graced with flashes of sly humor and dramatic irony — entertainingly develops the theme that behind every successful man is a woman.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 22nd 1997 by Dover Publications (first published 1908)
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Tony
Feb 19, 2013 Tony rated it 4 of 5 stars
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WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS. (1908). J. M. Barrie. ****.
James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) is, of course, best known for his books about Peter Pan, but he made a good living before those books by writing for the stage. This play, which is too cute by half, is a good example of the kind of tongue-in-cheek social commentary that audiences of the time expected. What every woman knows is the fact that behind every successful man is a woman who is responsible for his success. To demonstrate this fact, Barr...more
David Alexander
Reading J.M. Barrie's play "What Every Woman Knows," I experienced a similar feeling I have had approaching other classics, the feeling of approaching a land teeming with life, fraught with bursting-over-the-bounds spiritedness, and of arriving there from an place where life has been depopulated and extinguished to a great degree. The inventor of Peter Pan, Barrie writes here a play for adults with great humor and insight. Even in the stage setting notes (those not meant to be spoken in the perf...more
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Andrea
The end is predictable, but the development of the play was enjoyable. The commentary adds to the air of the setting and the characters. In addition, it is a quick read. This piece of lit is worth the read.
Kathi Sharp
Downloaded from Project Gutenberg. Witty, fun, lovely characters. I particularly liked the brothers David and James.
Michele
I liked the characters a lot, but they didn't develop at all. It was a fun read, but that was it.
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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has...more
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Peter Pan Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens The Little White Bird Peter Pan and Other Plays: The Admirable Crichton; Peter Pan; When Wendy Grew Up; What Every Woman Knows; Mary Rose

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