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Importance of Being Earnest

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ISBN-10: 0486264785

ISBN-13: 9780486264783

Edition: 1990

Authors: Oscar Wilde

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"Comes as close to perfection as any comedy I can think of."-Daily Telegraph Oscar Wilde's "trivial play for serious people" is a sparkling comedy of manners. This hilariously absurd satire pits sincerity against style, barbed witticisms against ostentatious elegance. Wilde's brilliantly constructed plot and famous dialogue enrich the appeal of his celebrated characters, as he turns accepted ideas inside out and situations upside down in this, his masterpiece.
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Book details

List price: $3.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 64
Size: 0.20" wide x 8.19" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
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…    

Introduction
The Importance of Being Earnest
From Wilde's Letters
Excerpts from Four-Act Version
Commentaries
George Bernard Shaw: "An Old New Play"
Max Beerbohm: "The Importance of Being Earnest"
St. John Hankin: "The Collected Plays of Oscar Wilde"
James Agate: "Oscar Wilde and the Theatre"
Bibliography