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Lady Windermere's Fan

Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde Lady Windermere's Fan
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Oscar Wilde
Edited by: Ian Small
Publisher: W.W.Norton and Company, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 102
Pub. Date: 1980
ISBN-10: 0510341535
ISBN-13: 9780510341534

About the Play:

Rare book, very limited quantities available.

Oscar Wilde's biting satire on the morals of Victorian society.

Lady Windermere's Fan is a full-length dramatic comedy of manners by Oscar Wilde. A lost parent, a love triangle, a scandalous secret, and reputations ruined or regained form the basis of a truly Victorian yet surprisingly contemporary plot. Style matters more than substance, appetites are indulged regardless of the consequences and the only real sin is to be found out.

The story concerns the virtuous young Lady Windermere, who suspects that her husband is having an affair with another woman. She confronts him with it but although he denies it, he invites the other woman, the mysterious Mrs. Erlynne, to his wife's birthday ball. Angered by her husband's supposed unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere decides to leave her husband for the darkly magnetic Lord Darlington to exact her revenge. After discovering what has transpired, Mrs. Erlynne follows Lady Windermere and attempts to persuade her to return to her husband and in the course of this, Mrs. Erlynne is discovered in a compromising position. It is then revealed Mrs. Erlynne is Lady Windermere's mother, who abandoned her family twenty years before the time the play is set. Mrs. Erlynne sacrifices herself and her reputation to save her daughter's marriage. Lady Windermere's Fan sparkles brilliantly with Oscar Wilde's trademark witticisms and irony. It dramatizes middle-class Victorian hypocrisy while arguing that one does well to keep a nice balance between honesty and concealment.

Lady Windermere's Fan was first produced in 1892 at the St James's Theatre in London, where it ran to packed houses. The play brought Oscar Wilde wealth and cemented his reputation for brilliant wit and devil-may-care conduct. Lady Windermere's Fan was a crowd favourite in 1998 at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and was the hottest ticket when staged in the 2013 Shaw Festival.

Cast: 9 women, 7 men.

What people say:

"This is Wilde as you're not likely to have seen or heard him before – dark and wrenching as well as witty." — Globe and Mail

"Lady Windermere's Fan is a moving, mysterious classic." — Niagara Falls Review

"Lady Windermere's Fan is a luscious experience ... this production of Oscar Wilde's play is likely to be the audience favourite of this year's festival.." — The Telegram (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador)

About the Playwright:

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was already one of the best known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s and retain their power today.