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A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Written by Oscar Wilde

Narrated by Martin Jarvis, Peter Dennis, Jim Norton and


A Woman of No Importance

Written by Oscar Wilde

Narrated by Martin Jarvis, Peter Dennis, Jim Norton and

ratings:
3.5/5 (195 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Jan 1, 2001
ISBN:
9781580815307
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Description

Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the “best” houses while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating comedy, Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society’s narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans. Adapted by Martin Jarvis.



An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:



Martin Jarvis as Lord Illingworth

Peter Dennis as Sir John Pontefract

Jim Norton as Mr. Kelvil, M.P.

Robert Machray as The Venerable Archdeacon Daubeny, D.D.

Paul Gutrecht as Gerald Arbuthnot

Miriam Margolyes as Lady Hunstanton

Jane Carr as Lady Caroline Pontefract

Judy Geeson as Lady Stutfield

Cherie Lunghi as Mrs. Allonby and Alice

Samantha Mathis as Miss Hester Worsley

Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Arbuthnot



Includes an interview with Oscar Wilde’s only grandchild, Merlin Holland, who is also a noted biographer and editor of Wilde’s works.



Directed by Michael Hackett. Recorded before a live audience at the DoubleTree Suites, Santa Monica in November of 1995.
Released:
Jan 1, 2001
ISBN:
9781580815307
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. Celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic for his wit, he is rumored to have informed a customs agent upon his arrival in America, “I have nothing to declare but my genius.” Wilde’s health and reputation were destroyed by his imprisonment for “gross indecency” in 1895, and he died in poverty a few years after his release. Today, his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his play, The Importance of Being Earnest, are recognized as masterpieces of English literature.  


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  • (3/5)
    The book is all about purity. What somebody thinks about the same.
  • (4/5)
    Witty as only Oscar Wilde can write.
  • (5/5)
    A small gem of a drama. Oscar Wilde's perfect t use of language makes this play both witty and stinging. A mother maintains her dignity in the face of disgrace, and endears herself to her son while deflating his natural father's haughty condescension. Excellent!
  • (3/5)
    The title says it all. A condemnation of a society in which mistakes are never forgiven, in which souls are lost forever, for youthful indiscretion and surrender to one's emotions.
  • (5/5)
    4.5 stars

    It was absolutely fantastic, hilarious, important and intelligent.