What Every Woman Knows Essay - Critical Essays

J. M. Barrie


(Critical Survey of Literature, Revised Edition)

WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS is one of the most realistic of Barrie’s plays, developing as it does the familiar theme that behind every man there is a woman who makes him either a success or a failure. There are, however, flashes of Barrie’s sly humor and dramatic irony throughout. The play has been a popular success on both sides of the Atlantic, and a favorite role with many distinguished actresses.