The Importance of Being Earnest Book

The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 1910
  • Category : England
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN : CORNELL:31924013571397

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The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays Book

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Date : 2014-07-21
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9781451685985

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Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the writer and their work. Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, a satire of Victorian social hypocrisy and considered Wilde’s greatest dramatic achievement, and his other popular plays—Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband, and Salome—challenged contemporary notions of sex and sensibility, class and cultural identity. Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author’s personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship. Each book includes discussion questions that help clarify and reinforce major themes and reading recommendations for further research. Read with confidence.

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  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2012-02-07
  • Category : Drama
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781101560150

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A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde's theatrical genius at its brilliant best. Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", this hilarious attack on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous world on its head, lets duplicity lead to happiness, and makes riposte the highest form of art. Also included in this special collection are Wilde's first comedy success, Lady Windermere's Fan, and his richly sensual melodrama, Salome.

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The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Date : 1976-01-01
  • Category : Drama
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9780380012770

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The Importance of Being Earnest shows a full measure of Oscar Wilde's legendary wit, and embodies more than any of his other plays, his decency and warmth. This edition contains substantial excerpts from the original four-act version which was never produed, as well as the full test of the final three-act version, selections from Wilde's correspondence, and commentary by George Bernard Shaw, Max Beerbohm, St. John Hankin, and James Agate.

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The Importance of Being Earnest Other Plays


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Date : 2017-03-23
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 472
  • ISBN : 9781509846740

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The four great comedies of Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, were all written at the height of the controversial Irish author's powers in his last, doomed decade, the 1890s. They remain among the most-loved, and most-quoted, of all drama in the English language. Along with Salome, his darkly decadent dramatization of the Bible story, these immortal plays continue to pack theatres, and have been adapted for every kind of media. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays echoes the book form in which Wilde originally insisted his plays were published, and includes illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley and an afterword by Ned Halley. Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover.

The Importance of Not Being Earnest Book

The Importance of Not Being Earnest


  • Author : Wallace Chafe
  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing
  • Date : 2007-02-01
  • Category : Psychology
  • Pages : 167
  • ISBN : 9789027292971

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The thesis of this book is that neither laughter nor humor can be understood apart from the feeling that underlies them. This feeling is a mental state in which people exclude some situation from their knowledge of how the world really is, thereby inhibiting seriousness where seriousness would be counterproductive. Laughter is viewed as an expression of this feeling, and humor as a set of devices designed to trigger it because it is so pleasant and distracting. Beginning with phonetic analyses of laughter, the book examines ways in which the feeling behind the laughter is elicited by both humorous and nonhumorous situations. It discusses properties of this feeling that justify its inclusion in the repertoire of human emotions. Against this background it illustrates the creation of humor in several folklore genres and across several cultures. Finally, it reconciles this understanding with various already familiar ways of explaining humor and laughter.

A Woman of No Importance Book
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A Woman of No Importance


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 1895*
  • Category :
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN : 0712904115

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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde Book

The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde


  • Author : Stephen Raby
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Date : 1997-10-16
  • Category : Drama
  • Pages : 307
  • ISBN : 0521479878

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Introduction to one of the theatre's most important and enigmatic writers.

The Originals   The Importance of Being Earnest Book

The Originals The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Om Books International
  • Date : 2022-03-27
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 83
  • ISBN : 9789352766840

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The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Two women fall in love with men of the same name. This mythical suitor is called ‘Ernest’, a name that has been adopted by both Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff to win the hearts of their beloved, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, respectively. As Pandemonium breaks out at Jack’s country home on the same weekend and while the identity of ‘Ernest’ is still uncertain, only an insignificant handbag and an old nursemaid can save the day! A farce where characters take on fictitious roles, Oscar Wilde’s the importance of Being earnest is a delightful Carnival of lovers in conflict, warped identities, clandestine arrangements, witticism and incisive, artful conversations. The eccentricity and effervescence in Wilde’s plot and characters are enjoyed by readers and viewers even today. Ever since it was first performed in London’s St. James’ theatre on 14 February 1895, this brilliant tour de force has inspired many other adaptations. The importance of Being earnest remains an Evergreen classic.

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The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Signet Classics
  • Date : 2012-02
  • Category : Drama
  • Pages : 201
  • ISBN : 0451531892

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Offers newly edited texts of five of the British playwright's works, including the great farcial comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.. Reissue.

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The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 1899
  • Category : England
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN : HARVARD:32044004648986

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Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” Wilde’s play is a brilliantly satirical comedy of manners, sending up the absurdity of Victorian social mores and cleverly critiquing the conventions of love and marriage. The tale of two gentlemen who adopt fictitious identities in order to woo the objects of their affections is Wilde’s most beloved work, considered to be one of the wittiest plays ever written in English. The glowing critical reception in London on opening night at the St. James Theater in 1895 marked the high point of Wilde’s career as a writer.

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Gone Away Lake


  • Author : Elizabeth Enright
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Date : 2000
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0152022724

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Portia and her cousin Julian discover adventure in a hidden colony of forgotten summer houses on the shores of a swampy lake.

The Importance of Being Earnest Book

The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Author : Peter Raby
  • Publisher : Macmillan Reference USA
  • Date : 1995
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 117
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105016295763

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Analyzes both the social context and the literary artistry of Oscar Wilde's comedic play

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The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2014-11-29
  • Category :
  • Pages : 58
  • ISBN : 1503331741

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The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.The successful opening night marked the climax of Wilde's career but also heralded his downfall. The Marquess of Queensberry, whose son Lord Alfred Douglas was Wilde's lover, planned to present the writer with a bouquet of rotten vegetables and disrupt the show. Wilde was tipped off and Queensberry was refused admission. Soon afterwards their feud came to a climax in court, where Wilde's homosexual double life was revealed to the Victorian public and he was eventually sentenced to imprisonment. His notoriety caused the play, despite its early success, to be closed after 86 performances. After his release, he published the play from exile in Paris, but he wrote no further comic or dramatic work.