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Wilde Complete Plays

Wilde Complete Plays [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1408149168
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Wilde Complete Plays by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

This volume contains everything Wilde wrote in dramatic form Wilde's masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is printed here in its usual three-act form, but with an appendix containing the best material from the original four-act version. Also included are his three 'problem plays', Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband, as well as his once-banned Salome and several other little-known but fascinating dramas. H. Montgomery Hyde, an acknowledged expert on Wilde and author of several books on him, provides an introduction to Wilde's life and work with special attention to the composition and performance of the plays. "Wilde is to me our only thorough playwright. He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audiences, with the whole theatre" (George Bernard Shaw)

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0735225303
Author: Sonia Purnell
Publisher: Penguin
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A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell Book Resume:

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of London Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography “Excellent…This book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down.” -- The New York Times Book Review "A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - NPR "A meticiulous history that reads like a thriller." - Ben Macintyre A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine. In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day. Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1775562360
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: The Floating Press
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A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

Though he is now best remembered for his fiction, famed wit and bon vivant Oscar Wilde also dabbled in drama over the course of his long and varied literary career. A Woman of No Importance is a darkly comedic play about a group of aristocrats whose prim adherence to decorum hides a bevy of scandalous secrets.

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1513276220
Author: Oscar Wilde
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An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

Sir Robert Chiltern is a rising political star who’s confronted by the unsavory Mrs. Cheveley with news that could destroy his personal and professional life. In An Ideal Husband Sir Robert is forced to face the truth about his deceptive origins. Sir Robert Chiltern and his wife Lady Chiltern are surrounded by wealth and luxury. The former amassed a fortune as a young man, which helped catapult his social status. While attending a high-class event, Sir Robert is corned by Mrs. Cheveley—a former foe of Lady Chiltern. She demands he take part in an unethical business proposal or she’ll expose his corrupt past. The ultimatum has unforeseen consequences that effect his marriage and professional relationships. An Ideal Husband delivers a bold commentary on London’s elite. Wilde highlights the hypocrisy of pious figures, who are driven by ego and greed. Along with The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband is one of his most produced plays. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of An Ideal Husband is both modern and readable.

The Complete Plays of Oscar Wilde

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Author: Oscar Wilde
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The Complete Plays of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

During his writing career, Oscar Wilde became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism. The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He started with philosophical dialogues and tragedies, and later moved on to comedies. Wilde produced several society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late-Victorian London. With these plays, he finally found a way to critique society on its own terms. Table of Contents: Vera The Duchess of Padua Lady Windermere's Fan A Woman of No Importance Salomé Salome (English Version) An Ideal Husband The Importance of Being Earnest La Sainte Courtisane A Florentine Tragedy For Love of the King The Decay of Lying (A Dialogue) The Critic as Artist (A Dialogue)

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1633551814
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

Wilde's scintillating drawing-room comedy revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to reexamine their moral standards. A supporting cast of young lovers, society matrons, and a formidable femme fatale exchange sparkling repartee, keeping the action of the play at a lively pace.

Plays of Oscar Wilde

Plays of Oscar Wilde [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0307772608
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Vintage
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Plays of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

This Vintage edition of The Plays_of Oscar Wilde contains the plays that made Wilde one of the most important dramatists of his time, including The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the great works of modern literature. Oscar Wilde's plays demonstrate once again why their author must be seen as both an inaugurator and a master of modernism. In his best work, the subversive insights embedded in his wit continue to challenge our common assumptions. Wilde's ability to unsettle and startle us anew with his radical vision of the artifice inherent in the self's construction makes him our contemporary. This edition is introduced by John Lahr, author of Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton. The plays included are Lady Windermere's Fan, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Oscar Wilde's Society Plays

Oscar Wilde's Society Plays [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137410930
Author: Michael Y. Bennett
Publisher: Springer
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Oscar Wilde's Society Plays by Michael Y. Bennett Book Resume:

As the first collection of essays about Oscar Wilde's comedies, the contributors re-evaluate Oscar Wilde's society plays as 'comedies of manners" to see whether this is actually an apt way to read Wilde's most emblematic plays. Focusing on both the context and the texts, the collection locates Wilde both in his social and literary contexts.

The Complete Plays: The Importance Of Being Earnest + Salome + A Woman Of No Importance + Lady Windermere's Fan and more

The Complete Plays: The Importance Of Being Earnest + Salome + A Woman Of No Importance + Lady Windermere's Fan and more [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 8026801628
Author: Oscar Wilde
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The Complete Plays: The Importance Of Being Earnest + Salome + A Woman Of No Importance + Lady Windermere's Fan and more by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

This carefully crafted ebook: "The Complete Plays: The Importance Of Being Earnest + Salome + A Woman Of No Importance + Lady Windermere's Fan and more" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Oscar Wilde wrote nine plays in all between 1879 and 1894. His fame as a dramatist rests on four comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest and the tragedy Salomé. His plays continue to dazzle audiences even a century after his death. Table of Contents: Vera The Duchess Of Padua Lady Windermere's Fan A Woman Of No Importance Salomé Salome (English Version) An Ideal Husband The Importance Of Being Earnest La Sainte Courtisane A Florentine Tragedy Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest playwrights of the Victorian Era. In his lifetime he wrote nine plays, one novel, and numerous poems, short stories, and essays. Wilde was a proponent of the Aesthetic movement, which emphasized aesthetic values more than moral or social themes. This doctrine is most clearly summarized in the phrase 'art for art's sake'.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0307757455
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Modern Library
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives. Jack invents an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull country home and gallavant in town. Meanwhile, Algernon follows Jack's scam, but his imaginary friend, Bumbury, provides a convenient method of adventuring in the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. Hailed as the first modern comedy in England, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is Wilde's most famous work. This collection also features two other plays that Wilde penned earlier in his career, LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN and AN IDEAL HUSBAND, that also display his ability to convey warmth and wit through his hilarious characters and their outlandish situations.

An Ideal Husband Companion

An Ideal Husband Companion [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1621074757
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
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An Ideal Husband Companion by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

Blackmail, political corruption, drama! Sounds like a great comedic premise. So why aren't you laughing? Maybe because "An Ideal Husband" was written over 100 years ago. Despite being one of Oscar Wilde's greatest works, some of the ideas and concepts are a little confusing today. If you need a little help, then this study guide is just for you! This contains a comprehension study of Wilde’s classic work (including chapter summaries for every chapter, overview of themes and characters, and other historical content). This edition also includes the complete text of the play. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Teleny and More

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Teleny and More [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 2291010654
Author: Oscar Wilde
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The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Teleny and More by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

This ebook contains all of Oscar Wilde's plays (including the fragments), his only novel, his fairy tales and short stories, the poems, all of his essays, lectures, reviews, and other newspaper articles, based on the 1909 edition of his works. For easier navigation, there are tables of contents for each section and one for the whole volume. At the end of each text there are links bringing you back to the respective contents tables. I have also added an alphabetical index for the poems and a combined one for all the essays, lectures, articles, and reviews. ------------------------------------- Contents: THE PLAYS. Vera or the Nihilists, The Duchess of Padua, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salomé (the French original and Bosie's translation, and the fragments of La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy. THE NOVEL. The Picture of Dorian Gray. THE STORIES. All the stories and tales from The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories (incl. The Portrait of Mr. W.H.), and A House of Pomegranates. THE POEMS. The Collected Poems of O.W. THE ESSAYS etc. The four essays from 'Intentions', The Soul of Man under Socialism, De Profundis (the unabridged version!), The Rise of Historical Criticism, the lectures (The English Renaissance in Art, House Decoration, Art and the Handicraftsman, Lecture to Art Students)

Selected works of Oscar Wilde

Selected works of Oscar Wilde [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Oscar Wilde
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Selected works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

Selected works of Oscar Wilde from the series "Best of the Best" is the book that everyone should read to understand themselves and each other. The authors and works for this book series were selected, as a result of numerous studies, analysis of the texts over the past 100 years and the demand for readers. It must be read in order to understand the world around us, its history, to recognize the heroes, to understand the winged expressions and jokes that come from these literary works. Reading these books will mean the discovery of a world of self-development and self-expression for each person. These books have been around for decades, and sometimes centuries, for the time they recreate, the values they teach, the point of view, or simply the beauty of words. This volume of the Best of the Best series includes famous works THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY AN IDEAL HUSBAND THE CANTERVILLE GHOST THE HAPPY PRINCE. THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE. THE SELFISH GIANT. THE DEVOTED FRIEND. THE REMARKABLE ROCKET. THE YOUNG KING THE BIRTHDAY OF THE INFANTA THE SOUL OF MAN THE FISHERMAN AND HIS SOUL THE STAR-CHILD LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN DE PROFUNDIS A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE POEMS POEMS IN PROSE LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME THE PORTRAIT OF Mr. W. H. AND OTHER STORIES INTENTIONS ESSAYS AND LECTURES

The Prose of Oscar Wilde

The Prose of Oscar Wilde [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1596050969
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
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The Prose of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

This collection brings together some of this much-loved writer's prose work. In it, Oscar Wilde touches on a wide range of topics as only he can. He discusses the decay of lying, the critic as artist, and the truth of masks. He provides criticism of productions of works of Shakespeare and other theatrical concerns, such as stage scenery, stage morals, and "plays that are meant to be read, not to be acted." He also devotes his attention to women's issues, such as novels and stories written by women and women's achievements. Taken together, readers will discover the incisive wit and unique observations for which Wilde was renowned. OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) was a celebrated Irish-born playwright, short story writer, poet, and personality in Victorian London. He is best known for his involvement in the aesthetic movement and his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his many plays, such as Lady Windermere's Fan, The Importance of Being Ernest, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and Salomi. During his imprisonment for gross indecency, he wrote De Profundis, and later, The Ballad of Reading Gao.

Oscar Wilde: The Complete Collection (Quattro Classics) (The Greatest Writers of All Time)

Oscar Wilde: The Complete Collection (Quattro Classics) (The Greatest Writers of All Time) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 237787147X
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: NTMC
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Oscar Wilde: The Complete Collection (Quattro Classics) (The Greatest Writers of All Time) by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

This ebook contains all of Oscar Wilde's plays (including the fragments), his only novel, his fairy tales and short stories, the poems, all of his essays, lectures, reviews, and other newspaper articles, based on the 1909 edition of his works. For easier navigation, there are tables of contents for each section and one for the whole volume. At the end of each text there are links bringing you back to the respective contents tables. I have also added an alphabetical index for the poems and a combined one for all the essays, lectures, articles, and reviews. Contents: THE PLAYS. Vera or the Nihilists, The Duchess of Padua, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salomé (the French original and Bosie's translation, and the fragments of La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy. THE NOVEL. The Picture of Dorian Gray. THE STORIES. All the stories and tales from The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories (incl. The Portrait of Mr. W.H.), and A House of Pomegranates. THE POEMS. The Collected Poems of O.W. THE ESSAYS etc. The four essays from 'Intentions', The Soul of Man under Socialism, De Profundis (the unabridged version!), The Rise of Historical Criticism, the lectures (The English Renaissance in Art, House Decoration, Art and the Handicraftsman, Lecture to Art Students)

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 8180320200
Author: Oscar Wilde,General Press
Publisher: GENERAL PRESS
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The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde,General Press Book Resume:

This Complete Works of Oscar Wilde is a truly complete and authoritative single-volume edition of Oscar Wilde’s works. It contains his only novel, 'The Portrait of Dorian Gray', as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters, all in their most authoritative texts. For easier navigation, there are tables of contents for each section and one for the whole volume. This ebook contains his complete works in a new, easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate format. With this beautiful Collectible Edition, you can enjoy Wilde's enduring literary legacy again and again. This collection features the following works: Novel : The Picture of Dorian Gray Short Stories : 1. The Birthday of the Infanta 2. The Canterville Ghost 3. The Devoted Friend 4. The Fisherman and His Soul 5. The Happy Prince 6. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime 7. The Model Millionaire 8. The Nightingale and the Rose 9. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. 10. The Remarkable Rocket 11. The Selfish Giant 12. The Sphinx without a Secret 13. The Star-Child 14. The Young King Poetry : 1. The Ballad of Reading Gaol 2. Collection of Poems 3. Miscellaneous Poems 4. Poems in Prose 5. Ravenna 6. The Sphinx Essays : 1. Art and the Handicraftsman 2. Children in Prison and Other Cruelties of Prison Life 3. The Critic as Artist 4. De Profundis 5. The Decay of Lying 6. The English Renaissance of Art 7. House Decoration 8. Impressions of America 9. Lecture to Art Students 10. London Models 11. Miscellaneous Aphorisms 12. Pen, Pencil and Poison 13. The Rise of Historical Criticism 14. Selected Prose 15. Shorter Prose Pieces 16. The Soul of Man 17. The Truth of Masks Plays : 1. A Florentine Tragedy — A Fragment 2. A Woman of No Importance 3. An Ideal Husband 4. The Duchess of Padua 5. For Love of the King 6. The Importance of Being Earnest 7. La Sainte Courtisane or, the Woman Covered with Jewels 8. Lady Windermere’s Fan 9. Salomé 10. Vera, or the Nihilists Non-Fiction : A Critic in Pall Mall (The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde, 9788180320200)

Complete Works

Complete Works [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 2291009419
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: WS
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Complete Works by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

This ebook contains all of Oscar Wilde's plays (including the fragments), his only novel, his fairy tales and short stories, the poems, all of his essays, lectures, reviews, and other newspaper articles, based on the 1909 edition of his works. For easier navigation, there are tables of contents for each section and one for the whole volume. At the end of each text there are links bringing you back to the respective contents tables. I have also added an alphabetical index for the poems and a combined one for all the essays, lectures, articles, and reviews. ------------------------------------- Contents: THE PLAYS. Vera or the Nihilists, The Duchess of Padua, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salomé (the French original and Bosie's translation, and the fragments of La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy. THE NOVEL. The Picture of Dorian Gray. THE STORIES. All the stories and tales from The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories (incl. The Portrait of Mr. W.H.), and A House of Pomegranates. THE POEMS. The Collected Poems of O.W. THE ESSAYS etc. The four essays from 'Intentions', The Soul of Man under Socialism, De Profundis (the unabridged version!), The Rise of Historical Criticism, the lectures (The English Renaissance in Art, House Decoration, Art and the Handicraftsman, Lecture to Art Students)

Salome

Salome [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1627933573
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Salome by Oscar Wilde Book Resume:

Originally published in French, 'Salomé' is Oscar Wilde's 1896 dramatization of the biblical story of Salome, the step-daughter of Herod who danced before Herod and in so doing wins the granting of any wish that Herod may be able to fulfill. Salome asks for the head of John the Baptist. Fans of Wilde will delight in the dramatization of this biblical story.

Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature

Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137404000
Author: M. Fludernik,M. Nandi
Publisher: Springer
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Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature by M. Fludernik,M. Nandi Book Resume:

Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature is the first study to provide transhistorical perspectives and cutting-edge critical analyses of debates concerning idleness in English literature. The topicality of the subject is emphasized by two pieces of sociological analysis.

The Drama of Marriage

The Drama of Marriage [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137013109
Author: J. Clum
Publisher: Springer
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The Drama of Marriage by J. Clum Book Resume:

In studying performances of marriage in modern and contemporary British and American drama, Clum highlights the fact that - paradoxically - at a time when theatre was both popular entertainment and high culture, many of the most commercially and artistically successful plays about marriage were written by homosexual men. Beginning with Oscar Wilde and focusing on some of the most successful British and American playwrights of the past century, including Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward, Terence Rattigan, and Emlyn Williams in England and Clyde Fitch, George Kelly, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, and Edward Albee in the US, The Drama of Marriagelooks at how the plays they wrote about heterosexual marriage continue to impact contemporary gay playwrights and the depiction of marriage today.