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TitleThe Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated)
AuthorOscar Wilde
ISBN-
ImprintOscar Wilde Ltd
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Sales rank4.5
FormatKindle Edition
Pages98

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A wealthy philanthropist adopts an abandoned baby he finds in a railway station waiting room The child grows into a fine, upstanding young man When his benefactor dies, he is made the guardian of the old man s lovely young daughter But unknown to everyone, he leads a double life that even his best friend knows nothing about If you thought that this has all the makings of a most sinister and diabolical plot, you couldn t be mistaken The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a light as a feather confection, full of mischief, fun and laughter Written in 1894, this was Wilde s last play It went on stage on Valentine s Day 1895 and received the most whole hearted and fulsome applause that had ever greeted a contemporary play Reviewers complained that there was hardly a moment where the audience could stop laughing It was seen as a wonderful triumph, the work of a master craftsman working at the height of his powers However, in fifteen weeks Oscar Wilde was in jail The sensational trial and the humiliating personal exposure of his private life, the loss of his reputation and his final bankruptcy are all part of literary history The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People to give it its full name is an utterly delightful, frothy creation, with elements of farce, non stop humor and a veritable tsunami of brilliantly comic one liners The three act play takes place in Algernon Moncrieff s rooms on Half Moon Street in London and the country house at Woolton Algernon Moncrieff s best friend is Ernest, a fine young gentleman Ernest is also in love with Algernon s cousin, Gwendolen But Ernest is not what he seems He is actually Jack Worthing, who lives a quiet life He is wealthy and a Justice of the Peace in Hertfordshire, guardian of his dead benefactor s young daughter, Cecily Both Cecily and Gwendolen are for some reason, obsessed with the name Ernest and what follows is a madcap ride through Victorian tea parties, country house snobbery and mistaken identities Many critics have carped that The Importance of Being Earnest does not tackle any serious social or political issues It was considered pure entertainment and mere clever nonsense However, its sheer entertainment value cannot be denied and it has remained one of Oscar Wilde s most staged plays Serious actors like John Gielgud have played Jack, Peggy Ashcroft has played Cecily and one reviewer even remarked that it was the second most performed English play after Shakespeare s Hamlet As a light hearted, wacky laugh a minutecreation The Importance of Being Earnest has few rivals.

Reviews

Bookdragon Sean

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

We live in an age of ideals Wilde is a genius This play is genius What a penetrating critique of high Victorian society this becomes but rather than being a dull argument or essay, it takes on the body of a hilarious play This is just absurd, outrageous and straight to the point This pictu... (Sign in to see more)


Trevor

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

When I was quite young I guess, if you were of a mind to, you might say it was a generation ago I was listening to a radio program and for some reason they decided to do the handbag scene from The Importance of Being Earnest I d heard of the play before, obviously, but only the name I had tho... (Sign in to see more)


Emily May

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

If you are not too long, I will wait for you all my life Ah, Mr Wilde can always be counted on to make me laugh, to poke fun at the ridiculousness of human behaviour, to tell a story that is both incredibly clever and undeniably silly The Importance of Being Earnest is a play about mistaken identity... (Sign in to see more)


Ashwood (애쉬 우드).

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

Hilarious and entertaining read, the wit and sarcasm in this book was outta this world


Cecily

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

If you try to take this literally, it is ludicrous, so don t It is a delicately crafted confection of spun sugar sweet but sharp, beautiful, brittle, and engineered to amuse An iridescent filament of fantasy , as critic William Archer described the opening performance on Valentine s Day 1895 In m... (Sign in to see more)


Brina

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

I read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde as part of classics bingo to satisfy my satire square Educated at Oxford in the late 19th century, Wilde was a product of strict upper class British social s He married and fathered two children and then came out as homosexual Wilde s plays and n... (Sign in to see more)


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

My read of An Ideal Husband last week convinced me that I needed to read this 1895 play again, my favorite by Oscar Wilde One of the wittiest plays ever Algernon is visited in his town home by his friend Ernest, who intends to propose to Algernon s cousin Gwendolen Algernon manages to dig out his fr... (Sign in to see more)


l a i n e y

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent may be regarded as misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness I wish, with all my heart, someone would ask me Hey have you read anything by Oscar Wilde Just so I could emphatically say YES Yes I have I did feel like I have accomplished some unknown personal reading go... (Sign in to see more)


Henry Avila

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

Algernon Algy Moncrieff, is being visited, by his enigmatic friend, Ernest Worthing, that is Ernest in town and Jack John , in the country It s a long story, but we have time, Mr.Worthing, likes to go to town Get as far as possible, away from his stifling, depressing, responsibilities at home, chang... (Sign in to see more)


Sanjay Gautam

The Importance of Being Earnest [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Annotated) By Oscar Wilde

Some times it makes me wonder that this play was written ages ago This book seems to be a contemporary classic It seems there are lots of movies based on the theme of this play And one thing I noticed that it has all the spices of an Indian comedy movie It s full of witticism and humour, but someti... (Sign in to see more)


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