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The importance of Being Earnest + 3 Free eBooks by Oscar Wilde (illustrated edition)

The importance of Being Earnest + 3 Free eBooks by Oscar Wilde (illustrated edition) – Kindle edition by Oscar Wilde, Milad Ghodsi. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The importance of Being Earnest + 3 Free eBooks by Oscar Wilde (illustrated edition).

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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 personæ 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. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

The successful opening night marked the climax of Wilde's career but also heralded his downfall. The Marquess of Queensberry, whose son Lord Alfred Douglas was Wilde's lover, planned to present the writer with a bouquet of rotten vegetables and disrupt the show. Wilde was tipped off and Queensberry was refused admission. Soon afterwards their feud came to a climax in court, where Wilde's homosexual double life was revealed to the Victorian public and he was eventually sentenced to imprisonment. His notoriety caused the play, despite its early success, to be closed after 86 performances. After his release, he published the play from exile in Paris, but he wrote no further comic or dramatic work.

The Importance of Being Earnest has been revived many times since its premiere. It has been adapted for the cinema on three occasions. In The Importance of Being Earnest (1952), Dame Edith Evans reprised her celebrated interpretation of Lady Bracknell; The Importance of Being Earnest (1992) by Kurt Baker used an all-black cast; and Oliver Parker's The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) incorporated some of Wilde's original material cut during the preparation of the original stage production.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1530883539
  • Publisher: Zellerz Publishing (May 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2016
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FR3FI3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Wilde’s wittiest

121 people found this helpful.
 on July 14, 2005
By James Hiller
One thing happens when you read Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”; you are amazed to remember that this play was authored over 100 years ago. For most plays of that era, the average reader tends to lose references and it tends to be stodgy and irrelevant. Not so Earnest, due to the brilliance and imagination of it’s playwright.

Great version of the Classic Play

32 people found this helpful.
 on October 16, 2005
By T. Kaufmann
The Importance of Being Earnest is a fantastic play. It is an easy read, and is not only well thought out, but hilarious.

Another classic by Oscar Wilde

 on March 23, 2017
By The Blue Dino
Glad to add another Oscar Wilde to my reading literature collection.

Classic literature

 on March 22, 2017
By Sandy
Great classic story in large print.

The wittiest play ever written in the English language

61 people found this helpful.
 on July 11, 2004
By Lawrance Bernabo
“The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” is one of the first plays written in English since the works of Shakespeare that celebrates the language itself. Oscar Wilde’s comedy has one advantage over the classic comedies of the Bard in that “The Importance of Being Earnest” is as funny today as it was when it was first performed at the St. Jame’s Theater in London on February 14, 1895. After all, enjoying Shakespeare requires checking the bottom for footnotes explaining the meaning of those dozens of words that Shakespeare makes up in any one of his plays. But Wilde’s brilliant wit, his humor and social satire, remain intact even though he was a writer of the Victorian era.

Always a classic

 on March 28, 2015
By Kindle Customer
LOL fun as always!!!

Is it Important to be Earnest?

13 people found this helpful.
 on September 24, 2003
By amy overholser
In Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”, he answers this question in the form of brilliant comedy. The play, full of witty dialogue such as Lady Bracknell’s answer to her daughter’s suitor saying he does smoke; “I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind.”; says, yes, it is important to be Earnest.

The Importance of the whole Text

13 people found this helpful.
 on November 9, 2004
By Tusker
An extraordinary play; witty, profound and beautiful. And even better if you read all of it. Which you won’t if you buy the Penguin copy with Edith Evans on the front, since this version is heavily abridged. Which is fine except the publishers make no mention of this at all in the volume. And cultural vandalism of this kind should, I feel at least be acknowledged.

A Side Splitting Comedy

9 people found this helpful.
 on November 20, 2000
By carrie-may
My father was never much of a reader, but after having told him I was planning to read this play, he confessed it was one of the few books he had read for his own enjoyment. I’m not surprised now, after reading it, to hear that it was also his very favorite. I was laughing practically non-stop from Jack’s originating from a handbag, to the scene where all is discovered about their names. It’s witty, charming, and absolutely brilliant. Plus, it’s inexpensive and short, so if you aren’t much of a reader, like my dear old dad, this is the book for you!

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