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What Every Woman Knows

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A social satire set in England and Scotland during the early 20th century, What Every Woman Knows centers around plain, spinsterish Maggie Wylie and John Shand, an ambitious young student, who promises to marry Maggie after five years if she agrees and if her family pays for his education. Years later, following his successful bid for a seat in Parliament, Shand keeps his ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 22nd 1997 by Dover Publications (first published 1908)
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David Alexander
Apr 16, 2013 David Alexander rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it
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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
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Bre Teshendorf
Jan 16, 2015 Bre Teshendorf rated it liked it
This was a fun fast read. I like reading plays very much and this one was particularly enjoyable with all of the authors novel-esk descriptions and notes. It was very humorous.
However, the subject matter was rather emotional to me (woman without love//unloved wife) and I found it hard to feel as light-hearted about it as the author treated it. Furthermore, haven't we all know a man like John (the main character) who is driven, prideful and humorless? It is hard to like that man, even in a book.
Aug 11, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2013 Kathi Sharp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Downloaded from Project Gutenberg. Witty, fun, lovely characters. I particularly liked the brothers David and James.
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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
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