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The Importance of Being Earnest : Dover Thrift Editions - Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest

Dover Thrift Editions

Paperback Published: July 1990
ISBN: 9780486264783
Number Of Pages: 64
For Ages: 11+ years old

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Wilde's witty and buoyant comedy of manners, filled with some of literature's most famous epigrams, reprinted from an authoritative British edition. Considered Wilde's most perfect work.

Here is Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London's St. James' Theatre on February 14, 1895. The Importance of Being Earnest is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation.

From the play's effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthing's country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpiece keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment.

About the Author

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) remains best known for his comedies of the 1890's, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and for his tragic imprisonment and untimely death.

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I really enjoyed this charming allegory. Classic defence of Women's and other minority rights well before it was fashionable. Shows the true value of a person.

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Introductionp. 9
The Importance of Being Earnestp. 27
From Wilde's Lettersp. 110
Excerpts from Four-Act Versionp. 113
Commentariesp. 132
George Bernard Shaw: "An Old New Play"p. 132
Max Beerbohm: "The Importance of Being Earnest"p. 136
St. John Hankin: "The Collected Plays of Oscar Wilde"p. 140
James Agate: "Oscar Wilde and the Theatre"p. 152
Bibliographyp. 159
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ISBN: 9780486264783
ISBN-10: 0486264785
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Audience: General
For Ages: 11+ years old
For Grades: 6+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: July 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.1  x 0.51
Weight (kg): 0.05

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