Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 150,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

An Ideal Husband

Cover image for


Author: Oscar Wilde
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,705 / 89 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.7
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 24,506 7499
Genres: Drama, Audiobook

This comedy revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on public and private honour over the course of a twenty-four hour period.

Show Excerpt

ent to put Lord Goring into a class quite by himself. But he is developing charmingly!


MABEL CHILTERN. [With a little curtsey.] I hope to let you know very soon, Lord Caversham!

MASON. [Announcing guests.] Lady Markby. Mrs. Cheveley.

[Enter LADY MARKBY and MRS. CHEVELEY. LADY MARKBY is a pleasant, kindly, popular woman, with gray hair e la marquise and good lace. MRS. CHEVELEY, who accompanies her, is tall and rather slight. Lips very thin and highly-coloured, a line of scarlet on a pallid face. Venetian red hair, aquiline nose, and long throat. Rouge accentuates the natural paleness of her complexion. Gray-green eyes that move restlessly. She is in heliotrope, with diamonds. She looks rather like an orchid, and makes great demands on one's curiosity. In all her movements she is extremely graceful. A work of art, on the whole, but showing the influence of too many schools.]

LADY MARKBY. Good evening, dear Gertrude! So kind of you to let me bring my

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
Andrew Ives

Rather dated, a little sexist and at times slightly tiresome with the concentrated and contrary wit from Lord Goring, who is quite clearly based on Wilde himself. That said, the convoluted plot in so short a play is clearly a work of genius, many lines of dialogue shine and the witticisms brought a few smiles to me over a century later. I preferred Earnest and the Canterville Ghost slightly more, but this is still quite a masterpiece. 4.5/10


This is a very funny and interesting play. It starts slowly and with too many characters, but the plot develops rapidly. With the exception of a brief bit of philosophy on the proper role of women in society, it would still work with modern audiences.


very good



Join 150,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

login | register

User ID


reset password

Author of the Day

Andrew Updegrove
When Andrew Updegrove isn't writing or predicting the next cyber-disaster, he's likely to be roaming the back country of the American southwest in his Jeep, scouting out settings for his next book. More than thirty years of experience as an attorney representing technology companies also serves as a great source of inspiration. As our Author of the Day, Updegrove chats about his journey as an author, reveals how some of the scenarios described in his books actually came true and talks about cybersecurity and how vulnerable we are.
Read full interview...