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Lady Windermere's Fan: A Play about a Good Woman

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published November 13th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1893)
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Tosh
Mar 19, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Stephanie
Wonderful gem of a play !!!!

Lady Windermere's Fan is an easy, fun, and quick read! I really loved this story! I have previously read only one of Oscar Wilde's other works, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I also enjoyed. Will definitely will be looking to expand beyond these two!! The play is set in London and is classified as a comedy, but does have some serious parts.

Overview
* Lady Windermere is throwing a dance party in honor of her birthday that night
* Lord Windermere asks that she invit
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Melissa
Sep 08, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
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
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Fenia
Feb 08, 2016 Fenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Duane
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 ...more
Vane J.
Jul 03, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cemre
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.
Sara Steger
Feb 05, 2016 Sara Steger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Christopher
Feb 13, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Franco  Santos
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.
Eva
Oct 30, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for femme fatale versus puritanical women stories especially when these are accompanied by the wit of Mr. Wilde
An upbeat reader
Jun 20, 2013 An upbeat reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مسرحيات
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 ...more
Cheri
Jul 05, 2007 Cheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-british
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
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Soumen Daschoudhury
Jun 24, 2015 Soumen Daschoudhury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who worship wit and intelligence
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
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Edlira Dibrani
Sep 24, 2016 Edlira Dibrani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melanti
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
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Mohammed
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 إنهيار ثقة السيدة ويندرمير بزوجها إثر علاقته الغامضة مع سيدة سيئة السمعة برزت مؤخرا في محيطهما الإجتماعي. أشد ما أعجبني هو إتقان وايلد لفن التشويق في المشهد اﻷخير للمسرحية، كما أبدع بإشراك القارئ في حيرة الشخصيات وترددهم إزاء إتخاذ
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Lidia Mascaró
Jun 10, 2015 Lidia Mascaró rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Simba
Aug 09, 2008 Simba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God bless Oscar Wilde. Has anyone contributed as much to the conversation of otherwise dull people?
Núria
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 es que sus alta ...more
david
Sep 17, 2016 david rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew! I was not expecting this from Mr. Wilde. A very troubling script that somehow affected me as if I was pushed into a deep ditch by an innocent comrade of mine, who continued on without me. I am still shaking a bit as I type this. Disturbing, unsettling, excellent.
Yngvild
Jun 09, 2010 Yngvild rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
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 besotte
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Liz
Oct 21, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, 4-star
This was my first Oscar Wilde, and I have to say that I read it more quickly than I would have liked. I was trying to finish it before my Vic Lit book club (which I did) and I think later, I will wish I had spent more time reading the play and enjoying Wilde's writing. This is definitely something which I want to own and re-read, and it really made me want to explore more Oscar Wilde.

A lot of people probably think "homosexual undertones/overtones" when they're reading Oscar Wilde's work, but tha
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El
(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
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Booknut
Aug 06, 2014 Booknut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going through some old books of mine & stumbled across this little gem. Re-reading it was, if possible, an even better experience than my first reading of it. Oscar Wilde's works are so tongue-in-cheek, they make me laugh every time :)
Soham Chakraborty
I have come to the usual conclusion that Oscar Wilde is a genius and human kind wasn't worthy of having such a man when he was present. So far I read three of his plays - The Importance being Earnest, Salome and now Lady Windermere's Fan. And I must say that to me, this is the best of the three.

The theme is mundane. I don't know how many times a book of similar thematic nature came up at that time when Wilde wrote it, i.e. more than 100 years ago. But the rift between lovers, distance between h
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Joy H.
Jun 23, 2013 Joy H. marked it as watched-film-only  ·  review of another edition
Added 6/23/13.
I didn't read the play but I watched a 2004 film adaptation entitled A Good Woman.

WIKI SAYS: "A 2004 film adaptation, entitled A Good Woman, switched the setting to the Amalfi coast of Italy, made the Windermeres Mr. & Mrs., and updated the time frame to 1930. The film stars Helen Hunt, Mark Umbers, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Tom Wilkinson."
FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Win...

More from the link above:
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"The story
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Shriya
Oscar Wilde is truly the emperor of maxims and master of tragedies. 'Lady Windermere's Fan' was my first experience of the magical world of Wilde (if we don't count the much read, much loathed 'The Happy Prince ' that is!). A poignant play revolving around an insignificant fan, 'Lady Windermere's Fan' portrays so many things at once-the hypocrisy of the so-called British society, the fickle-mindedness of women, their tendency to be suspicious about anything they don't understand and the role of ...more
Neil
Jun 16, 2010 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The trouble with this play for modern audiences is that one has to relate to Victorian morality for the satire to really work. Otherwise, it comes off as kind of stiff and frumpy for an Oscar Wilde work.

Redeeming this somewhat is that the play is stuffed to the gills with tasty aphorisms, quotes that you probably know but didn't know where they originated.

Ultimately it's a problem that the quotes hold up but the central plot doesn't. The ending is abrupt. Lady Windermere is unappealing. Many of
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Katsumi
Jul 21, 2012 Katsumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, classics
Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious. -- Oscar Wilde

The plot is about Lady Winderemere who goes from being a pillar of Victorian society to a woman of wandering morals. The woman who pulls her up is the one she suspected of being her husband's mistress. It's a comedy of society manners and morals with acerbic repartees and funny quips, in the great Oscar Wilde tradition.

Now, more than 100 years later, it still has a thought provoking dept
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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 E ...more
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