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Importance of Being Earnest

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ISBN-10: 1936041022

ISBN-13: 9781936041022

Edition: N/A

Authors: Oscar Wilde, Oscar Wilde

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List price: $7.50
Publisher: Simon & Brown
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 64
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.15" 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…