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The Importance of Being Earnest

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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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  • Classic English Play
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Well Written

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    • English Literature
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    Comments about The Importance of Being Earnest:

    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
    Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

    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
    Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 12.7  x 0.5
    Weight (kg): 0.06