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A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €3,500.00
A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €€3,500.00 ×
  • A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €3,500.00
  • A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €3,500.00
  • A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €3,500.00
  • A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €3,500.00
  • A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €3,500.00
  • A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €3,500.00
  • A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894) by Oscar Wilde on sale for €3,500.00

A Woman of No Importance. First Edition. Association Copy (1894)

Oscar Wilde

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  • Item ID: 60374
  • Category: Literature, Drama

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A Woman of No Importance. London, John Lane, 1894. First Edition. 500 copies printed. Square 8vo, Pp 154 + 15 of adverts, uncut. With a page listing the players in the production at Haymarket Theatre, London - April 19th, 1893. Publisher’s pink cloth, with gilt lettering and designs by Charles Shannon. Small dent to lower margin of upper boards, otherwise a bright clean copy. Inscribed by the publisher to "Frances Forbes-Robertson with kind regards, John Lane."   A Woman Of No Importance' first appeared at the Haymarket Theatre on 19th April, 1893. A review which appeared in 'Word' stated: "It is not his wit, then, and still less his knack of paradox-twisting, that makes me claim for him a place apart among living dramatists. It is the keenness of his intellect, the individuality of his point of view, the excellence of his verbal style, and above all the genuinely dramatic quality of his inspirations. I do not hesitate to call the scene between Lord Illingworth and Mrs. Arbuthnot at the end of the second act of this play the most virile and intelligent - yes, I mean it, the most intelligent- piece of English dramatic writing of our day."   Frances Forbes-Robertson was a close friend of both the publisher Leonard Smithers and Oscar Wilde, and the recipient of significant presentation copies from the author. She invited Wilde to her wedding in June 1899, eliciting the oft-quoted reply that "Like dear St. Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success".

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