Introduction, notes and activities by James Butler and Lucia De Vanna
This play is set in the dazzling social world of 1890s London. It is the world of the aristocrat and the dandy – and it is also the world of shabby political and financial intrigue.
Oscar Wilde’s play combines farce, verbal wit and satire in this gripping comedy. The play also contains an argument on the nature of love, and the need for women to forgive rather than idealise their husbands.