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An Ideal Husband [Anglais] [Broché]

Oscar Wilde
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1 février 2001
A Play by Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete; who, after writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the tragedy of his imprisonment and early death. Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals, and from an early age he was tutored at home, where he showed his intelligence, becoming fluent in French and German. He attended boarding school for six years, then matriculated to university at seventeen years of age. Reading Greats, Wilde proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. His intellectual horizons were broad: he was deeply interested in the rising philosophy of aestheticism (led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin) though he also profoundly explored Roman Catholicism. After university Wilde moved to London, into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured America and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art", and returned to London to work prolifically as a journalist for four years. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde was one of the best known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays; though it was his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which brought him more lasting recognition. The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, combined with larger social themes, drew Wilde to writing drama. He wrote Salomé in French in Paris in 1891, but it was refused a licence. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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  • Broché: 96 pages
  • Editeur : Dover Publications Inc.; Édition : New edition (1 février 2001)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 048641423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486414232
  • Dimensions du produit: 21 x 13,2 x 0,7 cm
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 C'est mister Wilde qui fait tout... 8 août 2009
Par gobolina
Ah... Du Oscar Wilde...
Je dois avouer que j'appréhendais assez la lecture de ce livre, et avant tout pour son genre: le théâtre. Pour moi, le théâtre n'a jamais eu grand intérêt à être lu et existe d'abord pour être VU.
Mais la qualité de l'écriture, sa fluidité et les thèmes abordés font qu'on s'accroche à l'histoire jusqu'au bout. Et j'ai été la première surprise à trouver la lecture en fin de compte agréable. Dans "An Ideal Husband", ce sont ses valeurs personnelles que chacun remet en cause: l'intégrité, l'amour-propre et la fidélité (à soi même) sur fond de mondanité et de chantage... Une petite perle et un classique.
Alors à tous les réticents, sachez que du Oscar Wilde c'est toujours bon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Chiltern: "You prefer to be natural?" 2 décembre 2005
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Chevely: "Sometimes. But it is such a difficult pose to keep up."

Perhaps not so well known as "The Importance of Being Earnest," this has all the same banter, manners, and sharp-eyed look at the crumbling edge of the upper crust in Vistorian England. It pleases the attentive listener at many levels. Considered only as a stream of one-liners and clever quips, it delivers all you could ask for.

But because it's Wilde, it's also a wild tirade against the mannered (sometimes ill-mannered) gentry. Behind that, it has a good deal to say about tolerance for the flaws of any fallible human - and Wilde could speak on human flaws with rare authority. And, like any truly great work, its examination of honesty (and dis-) reveals a good bit about today's world, a century later.

I'm not normally a reader of plays. I don't have that inner ear that brings words on the page to life. Wilde gives me some idea what that experience must be like, and I'm grateful for it.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the great masterpieces of English Drama 20 mars 2005
Par Gary Selikow - Publié sur
My very favourite of Oscar Wilde's plays. Choc-a-bloc with wit, and humorous repartee, it also is an intriguing story, and fascinating to see how it plays out. No wonder it is still popular 112 years after is first produced with recent productions on video/DVD doing very well.

Member of Parliament Lord Robert Chiltern is blackmailed by the wicked Mrs. Cheverly, with a secret from his youth, leading to a crisis in his life, and in his marriage to the virtuous Lady Chiltern. It is up to his friend, the delightfully foppish Lord Goring to help extricate him. All is well that ends well, but not after much interplay and intrigue.

Every word in this play is well measured out for one of the great masterpieces of English Drama.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Love, politics and forgiveness 26 mai 2003
Par Jacques COULARDEAU - Publié sur
Oscar Wilde gives us here one of his best plays. He explores the political world in London and how a young ambitious but poor man can commit a crime, which is a mistake, to start his good fortune. But he builds his political career on ethical principles. Sooner or later someone will come into the picture to blackmail him into supporting an unacceptable scheme, by producing a document that could ruin his career if revealed. His past mistake may come back heavily onto him. But he resists and sticks to his moral reputation. He prefers doing what is right to yielding to some menace. He may lose though his political ambition and career and his wife's love. But love is saved by forgiveness and the man's career is also saved by the work of a real friend who recaptures the dubious document and destroys it. In other words love and an ethical career are saved by the burrying of the old mistake into oblivion. In other words love and friendship are stronger than the scheming action of a blackmailer. This is a terrible criticism of victorian society which is based more on appearances than principles and yet able to destroy a man's absolutely ethical present life with a mistake from his youth, throwing the baby along with the water of the bath. It is also a criticism of the victorian political world where you cannot have a career if you are not rich, money appearing as the only way to succeed, at least to succeed fast. But it is a hopeful play because love and friendship are beyond such considerations and only consider the best interest of men and women, in the long run and in the name of absolute purity. Better be a sinner and be forgiven when you have reformed than see a reformed sinner destroyed by the lack of forgiveness. Oscar Wilde advocates here a vision of humanity that necessitates forgiveness as the essential fuel of any rational approach. Real morality is not the everlasting guilt of a sinner without any possible reform. Real morality is the recognition that forgiveness is necessary when reform has taken place. Otherwise society would be unlivable and based on hypocrisy and the death or rejection of the best people in the name of (reformed) mistakes. One must not be that sectarian, because man can learn from his mistakes and improve along the road : one can learn how to avoid mistakes and repair those oen has committed. If condemnation is absolute, no progress is possible. A very fascinating play, a very modern play. And yet when can one be considered as reformed, when can we consider one has really corrected one's mistakes and improved ? And who can deem such elements ? The very core of political and ethical rectitude is concerned here and Oscar Wilde embraces a generous approach.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Perpignan
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 *An Ideal Husband* is more than an apparent oxymoron 20 août 1999
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Wilde, in part, attempts to portray the relativity of truth, power, and character, things we often take as absolutes, while also entertaining his audience with witty dialogue and comical mishaps.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Wilde, as always made me laugh. 21 novembre 2011
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'An Ideal Husband' while funny wasn't quite as easy as many of his other books. You had to pay attention and follow the by-play in order to get it. There were always quite a few characters introduced right away and it was a bit difficult to keep them straight as I read.
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