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The Importance of Being Earnest Hardcover – Aug 1998


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  • 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 Wilde (1854-1900) 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, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death. Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals, and their son showed his intelligence early by becoming fluent in French and German. At university Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism (led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin), though he also profoundly explored Roman Catholicism, to which he would later convert on his deathbed. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. At the height of his fame and success, whilst his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was still on stage in London, Wilde sued the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, for libel. After a series of trials, Wilde was convicted of gross indecency with other men and imprisoned for two years, held to hard labour. In prison he wrote De Profundis (1905), a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. Upon his release he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of forty-six. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent edition with nice font and margins. May 2 2014
By Lit Picker - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Play Aug. 10 2013
By Carol J. Scheer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights. June 3 2014
By Kevin D Fulton - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Always Helpful April 30 2013
By Janet E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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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.


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