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Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

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ISBN-10: 0451531892

ISBN-13: 9780451531896

Edition: N/A

Authors: Oscar Wilde, Sylvan Barnet, Michael Gamer, Elise Bruhl

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A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnestdisplays Oscar Wilde's wit and theatrical genius at their brilliant best. This edition includes an appendix that restores the missing material from the original four-act version, as well as two other great plays by Wilde: Lady Windermere's Fanand Salome.
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Book details

List price: $4.95
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Flamboyant man-about-town, Oscar Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. He was born to a middle-class Irish family (his father was a surgeon) and was trained as a scholarship boy at Trinity College, Dublin. He subsequently won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by John Ruskin and Walter Pater, whose aestheticism was taken to its radical extreme in Wilde's work. By 1879 he was already known as a wit and a dandy; soon after, in fact, he was satirized in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. Largely on the strength of his public persona, Wilde undertook a lecture tour to the United States in 1882, where he saw his play Vera…