A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
Author: Oscar Wilde | Published: 1893
A Woman of No Importance Synopsis
Oscar Wilde's play A Woman of No Importance offers a satirical take on the English upper class and their double standards for women and men. Lord Illingworth is a notorious bachelor and flirt, admired for his wit, while the woman he seduced twenty years prior has had to hide the shame of her out-of-wedlock son. Mrs. Arbuthnot was left to raise their son, Gerald, alone after Lord Illingworth coldly refused to marry her.
When Lord Illingworth arrives at Lady Hunstanton's country house party, he offers Gerald a brilliant career opportunity without realizing that Gerald is his son. This leads to a confrontation between Mrs. Arbuthnot and Lord Illingworth, forcing Gerald to choose between his mother's honor and a promising career. A Woman of No Importance is a scathing critique of societal norms, exploring the complexities of class, morality, and motherhood. Find out more about A Woman of No Importance at sevenov.com.
About Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde is one of the most renowned playwrights and authors in modern history. He was born in Dublin, Ireland on October 16th, 1854. Wilde's works are known for their wit and sharp social commentary, making him a literary icon who stands out from his contemporaries.
Wilde attended Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London, where he wrote several plays which were produced during his lifetime including The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband. His work has continued to be popular long after his death; The Picture of Dorian Gray is among one of the most commonly read novels today. In addition to being an author, Wilde was an outspoken advocate for gay rights at a time when it was still taboo, penning controversial essays such as "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" and "De Profundis". Find out more about Oscar Wilde at sevenov.com.