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An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

By Oscar Wilde
Introduction by Laurie Wolf
Series: Drama Classics
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854594600, 106 pages, September 2000


The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband explores corruption and morality, bringing an act of political sin into the heart of the English home.

Ambitious government minister Sir Robert Chiltern seems assured of a smooth ascent to the top. Until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his past financial chicanery.

An Ideal Husband was first staged at the Haymarket Theatre, London, in 1895.

This edition of An Ideal Husband in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series is edited and introduced by Laurie Wolf.


"Oscar Wilde's ability to satirise the hollowness of our social and political life remains remarkably undimmed."

- Daily Express

"Hugely entertaining, a curious mixture of melodrama, Wilde's distinctive epigrammatic wit and sudden moments of deeper feelings."

- Daily Telegraph