The Importance of Being Earnest

The tale of two gentlemen who adopt fictitious identities in order to woo the objects of their affections is Wilde’s most beloved work, considered to be one of the wittiest plays ever written in English.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044004648986

Category: England

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Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” Wilde’s play is a brilliantly satirical comedy of manners, sending up the absurdity of Victorian social mores and cleverly critiquing the conventions of love and marriage. The tale of two gentlemen who adopt fictitious identities in order to woo the objects of their affections is Wilde’s most beloved work, considered to be one of the wittiest plays ever written in English. The glowing critical reception in London on opening night at the St. James Theater in 1895 marked the high point of Wilde’s career as a writer.

The Importance of Being Earnest Annotated

"The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN: 9798681810544

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"The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Some contemporary reviews praised the play's humour and the culmination of Wilde's artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social messages. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play."

The Importance of Being Earnest

Analyzes both the social context and the literary artistry of Oscar Wilde's comedic play

Author: Peter Raby

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: STANFORD:36105016295763

Category: Fiction

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Analyzes both the social context and the literary artistry of Oscar Wilde's comedic play

The Importance of Being Earnest and Related Writings

This edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest locates his writings within the broader cultural concerns of his day and examines Wilde's aestheticism, his sexual politics, his socialist ideas, and his allegiances to Irish ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Other

ISBN: UOM:39015029108654

Category: England

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This edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest locates his writings within the broader cultural concerns of his day and examines Wilde's aestheticism, his sexual politics, his socialist ideas, and his allegiances to Irish nationalism,

The Importance of Being Earnest Warbler Classics

Often considered the wittiest play in the English language, Wilde's timeless play sparkles with wit and bite. Includes a new afterword and commentary by George Bernard Shaw and Mary McCarthy.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Warbler Classics

ISBN: 1735515124

Category: Drama

Page: 108

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Often considered the wittiest play in the English language, Wilde's timeless play sparkles with wit and bite. Includes a new afterword and commentary by George Bernard Shaw and Mary McCarthy.

Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest

A collection of critical essays on Wilde's comedic play "The Importance of Being Earnest" arranged in chronological order of publication.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: UCSC:32106007975375

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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A collection of critical essays on Wilde's comedic play "The Importance of Being Earnest" arranged in chronological order of publication.

The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde

Key Features: Study methods Introduction to the text Summaries with critical notes Themes and techniques Textual analysis of key passages Author biography Historical and literary background Modern and historical critical approaches ...

Author: Ruth Robbins

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ISBN: 0582414709

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Key Features: Study methods Introduction to the text Summaries with critical notes Themes and techniques Textual analysis of key passages Author biography Historical and literary background Modern and historical critical approaches Chronology Glossary of literary terms

The Importance of Being Earnest

This edition contains substantial excerpts from the original four-act version which was never produced, as well as the full text of the final three-act version, selections from Wilde's correspondence, and commentary by George Bernard Shaw, ...

Author: Charles Osborne

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250101662

Category: Fiction

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The Importance of Being Earnest shows a full measure of Oscar Wilde's legendary wit, and embodies more than any of his other plays, his decency and warmth. This edition contains substantial excerpts from the original four-act version which was never produced, as well as the full text of the final three-act version, selections from Wilde's correspondence, and commentary by George Bernard Shaw, Max Beerbohm, St. John Hankin, and James Agate.

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Offers newly edited texts of five of the British playwright's works, including the great farcial comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780199535972

Category: Drama

Page: 368

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Offers newly edited texts of five of the British playwright's works, including the great farcial comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest."

The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde The New Annotated Edition

It was not until the twentieth century that Wilde's work was once again recognized both for its literary worth and comedic genius, and subsequently The Importance of Being Earnest has been adapted many times for film and theatre, most ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN: 9798639893551

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The Importance of Being Earnest was popular upon its debut in 1895. It was not until the twentieth century that Wilde's work was once again recognized both for its literary worth and comedic genius, and subsequently The Importance of Being Earnest has been adapted many times for film and theatre, most recently in the 2002 film starring Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon, and Dame Judy Dench.

Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest

Provides a collection of critical essays on Wilde's comedic play "The Importance of Being Earnest" arranged in chronological order of publication.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 9781438139982

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Provides a collection of critical essays on Wilde's comedic play "The Importance of Being Earnest" arranged in chronological order of publication.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Оскар Уайльд - английский философ, писатель, поэт и один из самых известных драматургов XIX века. “Как важно быть серьёзным” - ...

Author: Wilde O.

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 9785521051519

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Оскар Уайльд - английский философ, писатель, поэт и один из самых известных драматургов XIX века. “Как важно быть серьёзным” - гениальная "великосветская" комедия, в которой автор представляет вниманию читателя широко распространённую в викторианской Англии "традицию" пренебрегать моральными принципами и вести двойную жизнь. Два джентльмена, Джон Уординг и Алджернон Монкриф, беспечно проводили время в развлечениях и удовольствиях, и всё разыгрывалось как по нотам до тех пор, пока они не решили найти себе жён...Читайте зарубежную литературу в оригинале!

Comic Effects in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

His characters are typical Victorian snobs who are arrogant, overly proper, formal and concerned with money. This essay will provide an outline of the comic effects in this play. How Wilde uses humour, satire, farce and irony.

Author: Stefanie Grill

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638756242

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Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7 (A-), University of Stuttgart (FB Anglistics), course: Critical Analysis: Comedy, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "The Importance of Being Earnest" was written by the famous Irish author Oscar Wilde. Wilde was born in 1854 and died of cerebral meningitis in 1900. "The Importance of Being Earnest" was his final and most lasting play - "by all accounts, a masterpiece of modern comedy."1 This play is filled with wit and wisdom, which Wilde himself wrote of it, too. "Well I think, an amusing thing with lots of fun and wit might be made."2 It represents Wildes late -Victorian view of the aristocracy, marriage, wit and social life. The play tells the story of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff. Both men lead a double life. One in the country and one in the city. Then, they both fall in love, and a series of crises threatens to spoil their romantic pursuits. The main plot line of the play is definitely marriage. "Of course Wilde pokes fun at the institution of marriage, which he saw as a practice surrounded by hypocrisy and absurdity."2 He focuses on the higher class and satirises the life of the English aristocracy. His characters are typical Victorian snobs who are arrogant, overly proper, formal and concerned with money. This essay will provide an outline of the comic effects in this play. How Wilde uses humour, satire, farce and irony. The analysis will show, what makes this comedy so funny and so special. The essay will show some combinations of dialogue, dramatic irony, social criticism, characterisation and exaggeration and it will prove that the dialogues with its puns and epigrams are the basis for the humour in Wildes last play."

The Duchess of Padua

The Duchess of Padua is a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a five-act melodramatic tragedy set in Padua and written in blank verse. The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde.

Author: Oscar Wilde

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ISBN: 9390228247

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The Duchess of Padua is a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a five-act melodramatic tragedy set in Padua and written in blank verse. The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. Vera; or, The Nihilists is a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a melodramatic tragedy set in Russia.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands isperfectly
scandalous. It looks so bad. It is simply washing one's cleanlinen in public.
Besides, now that I knowyou to be a confirmed Bunburyist I naturally wantto talk
to you ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest

This unique volume reconstructs the original 1895 production of Wilde's timeless classic.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0861403789

Category: Architecture

Page: 376

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This unique volume reconstructs the original 1895 production of Wilde's timeless classic. Based upon a new, reconstructive method for the study of theatrical performance that aims to set the play securely in its historical and cultural moment, the edition offers a wealth of detail about the staging and acting and numerous first production and early revival photographs. The reconstructed text itself, differing in important ways from the 1899 first edition, recaptures the essential comic vitality of the play.

The Importance of Being Earnest in 30 Minutes

In this one-act adaptation of Oscar Wilde's beloved romantic comedy, the stakes are even higher and the deadlines even tighter for poor Jack Worthing, whose alter ego "Ernest" comes back to haunt him in the form of his rakish friend ...

Author: Jason Pizzarello

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ISBN: OCLC:908043228

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In this one-act adaptation of Oscar Wilde's beloved romantic comedy, the stakes are even higher and the deadlines even tighter for poor Jack Worthing, whose alter ego "Ernest" comes back to haunt him in the form of his rakish friend Algernon Montcrieff, who adopts the false identity to woo Jack's ward Cecily.

The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays

A light-hearted satire of the absurdity of all forms and conventions, this comic masterpiece features an unforgettable cast of characters who, as critic Max Beerbohm observed, ?speak a kind of beautiful nonsense?the language of high comedy, ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company

ISBN: 159308059X

Category: Drama

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The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays, by Oscar Wilde, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences?biographical, historical, and literary?to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Oscar Wilde's legendary wit dazzles in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the greatest and most popular works of drama to emerge from Victorian England. A light-hearted satire of the absurdity of all forms and conventions, this comic masterpiece features an unforgettable cast of characters who, as critic Max Beerbohm observed, ?speak a kind of beautiful nonsense?the language of high comedy, twisted into fantasy.” This collection also includes Oscar Wilde's most famous comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, as well as his poetic tragedy Salomé?all written between 1891 and 1895, Wilde's most creative period. George Bernard Shaw said of Oscar Wilde that he is ?our most thorough playwright. He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audience, with the whole theater.” Kenneth Krauss received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He teaches drama at the College of Saint Rose, where he also directs and produces. His most recent book is The Drama of Fallen France, on French theater under the German Occupation.