(1854-1900) wrote A Woman of No Importance in the
summer of 1892. It was produced with immediate success
in 1893. Responding to the standing ovation on opening
night, Wilde rose from his seat and declared, "Ladies and
Gentlemen, I regret to inform you that Mr. Oscar Wilde is not
in the house." The play was revived in 1907.
Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest
followed in 1895, the same year as his infamous prosecution,
imprisonment and bankruptcy.
Woman of No Importance contains elements of an earlier
comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan, a work that Wilde
described as "a drawing-room play with pink
lampshades," it is more of a morality tale (albeit
with his brilliant, biting sarcasm), exposing the hypocrisy
and cruelty of British society and the unequal standards that
women were expected to uphold while their male counterparts