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ISBN: 071363040X / ISBN-13: 9780713630404

The Importance of Being Earnest

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  • The Importance of Being Earnest (A&C Black) – Trade paperback (1988)
    by Oscar Wilde, Russell Jackson (Editor)

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Trade paperback, A&C Black
    1988
    English
    169 pages

    ISBN: 071363040X
    ISBN-13: 9780713630404

    'A Trivial Comedy for Serious People': its subtitle is the best summary of a play that is the theatrical equivalent of a butterfly. The verbal brilliance of its highly self-conscious characters hides deep anxieties about social and personal identity: Jack Worthing, found as a baby in a handbag at Victoria Station and named after a railway ticket, is prepared to be re-christened to obtain the Christian name - Earnest - his beloved Gwendolen requires in a husband; he then has to confront the stigma of being the illegitimate ... Show more

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Reviews of The Importance of Being Earnest

Overall customer rating: 5.000
mallorysusan
by mallorysusan on May 22, 2007

This is one of those all-important plays that depart a good message, but also make you laugh in the process. The characters and themes in this play are wonderful and colorful. The biting wit of the dialog makes this play a winner in my mind. I love everything about this play, and while I haven't seen the movie at all, I hope that it would be something like this when I actually do see it.

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canadianchicklitlover

Excellent Play - A MUST READ!

by canadianchicklitlover on Apr 19, 2007

In my 10+ years of live theater exploration, no play has stuck in my mind as much as Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. I'll admit to having seen a movie version prior to reading the play, and even that the movie was the REASON I later picked up the play, since then, I have re-read it several times. Even after seeing one interpretation of it, I was very able to establish my own ideas on the play, both in regards to meaning, and in production ideas. The Importance of Being Earnest was my first Wilde play, and while I have read others since then, and would call myself an avid Oscar Wilde fan, The Importance of Being Earnest is my absolute favourite. The rich setting can be imagined, the wittyness of the dialogue, and in fact of entire plays, and Wilde's inherant social comedy are important factors of all Wilde plays, and this one is no different. People of all ages can appreciate the humour and wit present in the play - in fact, I would say anyone from ages 10-100 can appreciate this play for the wonderful work of literature it is!

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