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An Ideal Husband - Mermaid Edition

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Oscar Wilde

Published by New Mermaid

This is one of the New Mermaid series which offers modern spelling & fully-annotated editions of important English plays

Each volume includes a critical introduction, biography of the author, discussions of dates and sources, textual details, a bibliography, and information about the staging of the play

An Ideal Husband revolves around the lives of two men, successful political figure Sir Robert Chiltern and his friend the uninspired but utterly charming Lord Arthur Goring

Chiltern's life is perfect thanks to the help of his loving and brilliant wife Gerturde and the support of his quick witted sister Mabel

Goring's life is one of lounging, flirting with Mabel, and avoiding his father's instance that he should marry

The world of these men is turned upside down by the arrival of old acquaintance Mrs Laura Cheveley who has come to blackmail

Chiltern stands to lose everything including Gertrude, so it's up to his wife and Goring to confront this dilemma

But it could risk Goring's chances to finally win over Mabel

And the question remains - what makes an ideal husband?

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