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

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044004648986

Category: England

Page: 151

View: 176

DOWNLOAD →

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 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

Page: 271

View: 145

DOWNLOAD →

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,

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

Page: 160

View: 113

DOWNLOAD →

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

Publisher:

ISBN: 0582414709

Category:

Page: 112

View: 638

DOWNLOAD →

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

Page: 160

View: 177

DOWNLOAD →

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

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

Page: 117

View: 596

DOWNLOAD →

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

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

Category:

Page: 36

View: 597

DOWNLOAD →

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 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

View: 717

DOWNLOAD →

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

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

Category: Fiction

Page:

View: 537

DOWNLOAD →

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!

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

View: 592

DOWNLOAD →

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

Geared to what today's students need to know, SparkNotes provides: *Chapter-by-chapter analysis *Explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols *A review quiz and essay topics Lively and accessible, these guides are perfect for late-night ...

Author: SparkNotes

Publisher: Spark Notes

ISBN: 1411402502

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 976

DOWNLOAD →

Literature Guides Created by Harvard students for students everywhere, SparkNotes is a new breed of study guide: smarter, better, faster. Geared to what today's students need to know, SparkNotes provides: *Chapter-by-chapter analysis *Explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols *A review quiz and essay topics Lively and accessible, these guides are perfect for late-night studying and writing papers

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

Page: 384

View: 996

DOWNLOAD →

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.

Bunbury

The fictional Bunbury comes to life with distressing and amusing results for Algernon, Jack (Ernest), Gwendolen, Cecily, Lady Bracknell, Dr. Chasuble, and Miss Prism.

Author: Leo Rockas

Publisher: America Star Books

ISBN: 1462641660

Category: Fiction

Page: 110

View: 464

DOWNLOAD →

The fictional Bunbury comes to life with distressing and amusing results for Algernon, Jack (Ernest), Gwendolen, Cecily, Lady Bracknell, Dr. Chasuble, and Miss Prism.

The Importance of Being Earnest with audio

By merging text and audio, this is a perfect learning tool for enhancing comprehension and enjoyment. The text includes plot summaries of each scene, and it is highly recommended as a study aid for students, teachers, actors and directors.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

ISBN: 9781611239935

Category: Drama

Page: 150

View: 445

DOWNLOAD →

Enhanced ebook edition of The Importance of Being Earnest featuring a full cast audio performance of the play, starring James Marsters as Jack. This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, “that name which inspires absolute confidence.” Wilde’s effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language. The ebook also features an interview with director Michael Hackett, Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA and Chair of the Department of Theater. By merging text and audio, this is a perfect learning tool for enhancing comprehension and enjoyment. The text includes plot summaries of each scene, and it is highly recommended as a study aid for students, teachers, actors and directors. Widely read in high school and college, The Importance of Being Earnest is a text exemplar of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Includes scene-by-scene and word-for-word text and audio of L.A. Theatre Works’ full cast performance starring: James Marsters as Jack Charles Busch as Lady Bracknell Emily Bergl as Cecily Neil Dickson as Lane and Merriman Jill Gascoine as Miss Prism Christopher Neame as Chasuble Matthew Wolf as Algernon Sarah Zimmerman as Gwendolen. Directed by Michael Hackett for L.A. Theatre Works. Lead funding for this production, and its presentation as an enhanced ebook, is generously provided by The Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

Oscar Wilde the Importance of Being Earnest illustarted Editon

"Here is Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London's St. James' Theatre on February 14, 1895.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798714675904

Category:

Page: 102

View: 396

DOWNLOAD →

"Here is Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London's St. James' Theatre on February 14, 1895. The Importance of Being Earnest is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation.From the play's effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthing's country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpiece keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment."

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

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:908043228

Category:

Page: 34

View: 270

DOWNLOAD →

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.