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Importance of Being Earnest » (Reissue)

Book cover image of Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Authors: Oscar Wilde, Henry Popkin
ISBN-13: 9780380012770, ISBN-10: 0380012774
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Date Published: January 1976
Edition: Reissue

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Author Biography: Oscar Wilde

The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde once said, "Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it." From his outsize celebrity in Victorian London to his authorship of fiction, drama, and poetry that uniquely captured his era, it's fair to say that Wilde succeeded on both counts.

Book Synopsis

Oscar Wilde s genius was such that he created masterpieces in every literary form he attempted, whether it be plays, fiction, essays, or poetry.

Among his plays, The Importance of Being Earnest the last he wrote is certainly the most celebrated. H. G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw thought it one of the funniest plays ever written, and it has continued to amuse theatergoers the world over for more than a century. The play pokes fun at the aristocracy, the literary world, and British manners and customs, while calling into question the very notion of identity. The characters plans are constantly sent topsy-turvy by unexpected turns of events. Along the way, Wilde s wit-sharpened dialogue skewers nearly everyone, throwing into high relief the strains of class pretension, social ambition, and romantic gamesmanship.

Readers who have enjoyed Oscar Wilde s barbed prose will find his pointed dramatic dialogue equally enticing.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Lady Windermere's fan1
An ideal husband71
The importance of being earnest175

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