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Richard Sheridan’s The School for Scandal (1777) is a comedy of manners concerning a wife who nearly betrays her older husband.
Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (1879) depicts a mother who feels constrained and unhappy in her limited role. As a result, she leaves her husband and children.
Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1898), written by George Bernard Shaw, views the theme of the wayward mother with marked parallels to Wilde’s play.
A play by Moises Kaufman about Wilde’s trial for homosexuality, Gross Indecencies: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, offers insights into Wilde and the social world of Victorian London.
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