- Title: What Every Woman Knows
- Author: J.M. Barrie
- ISBN: 9780486295787
- Page: 466
- Format: Paperback
A social satire set in England and Scotland during the early 20th century, What Every Woman Knows centers around plain, spinsterish Maggie Wylie and John Shand, an ambitious young student, who promises to marry Maggie after five years if she agrees and if her family pays for his education Years later, following his successful bid for a seat in Parliament, Shand keeps hisA social satire set in England and Scotland during the early 20th century, What Every Woman Knows centers around plain, spinsterish Maggie Wylie and John Shand, an ambitious young student, who promises to marry Maggie after five years if she agrees and if her family pays for his education Years later, following his successful bid for a seat in Parliament, Shand keeps his word.But trouble lies ahead Attractive woman are drawn to the Scottish politician in particular, the lovely Lady Sybil Tenterden Moreover, Shand s speeches in Parliament, which had won him great popularity for their flashes of humor, begin to suffer when his wife no longer helps write them Soon, both Shand s career and marriage are in jeopardy.First produced in 1908, What Every Woman Knows is considered one of Barrie s most realistic and important theatrical works Graced with bursts of sly wit and dramatic irony, it will delight a new generation of readers and theater lovers alike.
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Notes: My comments on this story contain a few spoilers, I placed warnings above the particular paragraphs. Also, I categorized this as a 'Funny Read'. It's not a split-your-sides, laugh-out-loud read, but it is rather witty, once you get into it.So I started reading this knowing nothing about the book, except that it was written by the bloke who wrote Peter Pan (Mind you, I wasn't expecting something like the boy who didn't want to grow up.)SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON'T LIKE SPOILERS. In sho [...]
Reading J.M. Barrie's play "What Every Woman Knows," I experienced a similar feeling I have had approaching other classics, the feeling of approaching a land teeming with life, fraught with bursting-over-the-bounds spiritedness, and of arriving there from an place where life has been depopulated and extinguished to a great degree. The inventor of Peter Pan, Barrie writes here a play for adults with great humor and insight. Even in the stage setting notes (those not meant to be spoken in the perf [...]
WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS. (1908). J. M. Barrie. ****. James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) is, of course, best known for his books about Peter Pan, but he made a good living before those books by writing for the stage. This play, which is too cute by half, is a good example of the kind of tongue-in-cheek social commentary that audiences of the time expected. What every woman knows is the fact that behind every successful man is a woman who is responsible for his success. To demonstrate this fact, Barr [...]
I enjoyed this play. The stage directions are extraordinary & I can only hope that the set dressers & actors can convey as much about the characters as Barrie does. The only sour note for this 21st century feminist comes at the very last moment, when Maggie insists that her husband learn to laugh at her. I think he should be learning to laugh at himself & his own stupidity, not at his wife for being unappreciated while aiding him personally and professionally.
Barrie does a great job here putting scenes together that will keep you edging forward. However, I feel the build-up is a little slow, and he resolves the tension too easily. The former might just be because this work is now over 100 years old, and the dialogue is at times over my head (I recommend reading Peter Hollindale's version with very helpful notations.)The first scene sets up a plot with a very bizarre, almost surreal situation. Each scene that follows has the common comedic trope of on [...]
This was a good, fast read. I don't usually read too many plays, but this was very cute. I picked it up because I was reading Peter Pan with my children and was interested in other works by Barrie.
This was a fun fast read. I like reading plays very much and this one was particularly enjoyable with all of the authors novel-esk descriptions and notes. It was very humorous. However, the subject matter was rather emotional to me (woman without love//unloved wife) and I found it hard to feel as light-hearted about it as the author treated it. Furthermore, haven't we all know a man like John (the main character) who is driven, prideful and humorless? It is hard to like that man, even in a book. [...]
The end is predictable, but the development of the play was enjoyable. The commentary adds to the air of the setting and the characters. In addition, it is a quick read. This piece of lit is worth the read.
Downloaded from Project Gutenberg. Witty, fun, lovely characters. I particularly liked the brothers David and James.
I liked the characters a lot, but they didn't develop at all. It was a fun read, but that was it.
Realistic, ironical play. Behind every great man is a woman.
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