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The Importance of Being Earnest

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yestermorrow Inc (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567231047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567231045
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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About the Author

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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HASH(0x99ea4768) out of 5 stars Excellent edition with nice font and margins. May 2 2014
By Lit Picker - Published on
Format: Paperback
One of the best books on earth in a volume that is properly printed. Love it.
This book is full of quick witted dialogue and humorous situations. You can go back again and again to enjoy tidbits, even if you don't want to reread the volume all the way through. Wilde makes life fun.
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By Carol J. Scheer - Published on
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I directed this play over 10 years ago and lost my copy. I needed a copy to read for the play-reading committee so was very pleased to find it at Amazon.
HASH(0x99ea4a98) out of 5 stars Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights. June 3 2014
By Kevin D Fulton - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have come to a basic conclusion: Oscar Wilde was the man. And this play proves it. Full of zingers, witty banter, the well-crafted insult, and all things that make Wilde, well, Wilde, the play had me laughing out loud at lines like "The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else if she is plain" or, as a resigned Jack realizes none of them may be married, "Then a passionate celibacy is all that any of us can look forward to."

Also characteristic of Wilde is that there is a lot more going on here than comedy. With a sharp eye, Wilde cleverly satirizes all aspects of aristocratic life. For all their cleverness, these are despicable people. They are petty, vain, arrogant, and vapid. And hysterical.
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HASH(0x99ea4fc0) out of 5 stars Always Helpful April 30 2013
By Janet E. Miller - Published on
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When I direct a show, I always find SparkNotes most helpful. I use it for character development and specific plot points.