Because I was so sad that The Importance of Being Earnest ended so quickly, I dove right into a second play of Wilde’s that I hadn’t even planned to read right away. An Ideal Husband was different. It had less comedy and more intrigue – insider trading, blackmail, that sort of thing. While it still had its funny moments and some romance, it seemed altogether a more serious play.
I also saw this as a movie and barely remembered it, right around the same time I saw the movie adaptation of Earnest. Again, this is one I’d like to see live. Wilde does an excellent job of tackling a serious subject with just enough lightness to make it fun as well as interesting.
I love his satire. Every line in both of these plays was so perfect and poised. I loved all the banter about men, women, work, class, dress, etc. All I can say is that Wilde richly deserves the praise that’s been heaped on him! While I didn’t like An Ideal Husband as much as Earnest, it was still a fun read and I can’t wait to read more from Wilde. I’m putting my collection aside for now so I can save some for later – don’t want to read up his entire works at once! I have definitely found another favorite author to add to my list!