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The Importance of Being Earnest [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Wilde
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456573365
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A befitting title. June 23, 2011
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Comedy well worth lying for. The characters are all aristocratic British so full of folly I was rolling with laughter. They bungle everything with witty humor and sharp remarks. It is worth reading for the English alone, the language that is, not to knock the people though. I can't really sum it up without ruining the plot, but, think Shakespeare comedy. I can say no more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless! April 8, 2011
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The Importance of Being Earnest has always been one of my favorite books ever! I read it out in no time again after downloading the Kindle edition which I found well presented. I thoroughly advise anyone to get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Wilde tour de force February 20, 2014
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Full of one-liners, zingers, and hilarious social commentary. It's so sad to think about the circumstances surrounding the play. And getting grief from the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, Scottish title, and a bit odd to explain away. Long live the wit and insight of Oscar Wilde.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty social commentary February 19, 2014
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Wilde delivers clever stinging social commentary in a light comedy about Victorian social mores and values.

One of his most famous writings for a reason.
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By Talia
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This falls under the category of "read more literary works this year." I'll shamefully admit this is my first-ever Wilde read, but I assure you I'll be reading more of his works this year. This play was hilarious and personally, I think it has held up well these past 118 years. I had no difficulty quickly falling into it - the play format wasn't distracting at all. What I loved most was the acerbic wit laced throughout almost every piece of dialogue. Wilde's biting sarcasm and jabs at human nature ring true today. I loved it!
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The attitudes and lifestyle of the idle British aristocracy remind me so much of Jeeves and Wooster. I did not imagine Oscar Wilde righting something this hilarious--though sobering as well, as beneath the thin veneer of gentility you get a sense of the tragic state of society that made their indolence possible. Still--that didn't stop the laughs--and it is great that we can download it for free.

Of course, you can get it free online at or other places, but with Kindle, I can read it on my smartphone, PC and tablet, and synchronize by bookmarks, notes, etc. (and with the latest update to Kindle free software for Android, I can copy and paste sections, which helps with my work).

I really did wonder how the two protagonists were going to pull themselves out of the quagmire (both lying to their respective loves, claiming their names were Ernest, and then getting caught, and getting away with it. I should have read this when I was a lot younger.

And it was fun to read Wilde just to appreciate, once again, what English can be like in the hands of a true craftsman (he knew it too, and sometimes is too smart for his own good, I think, but still--amazing writing, especially in the context of a lot of the "literature" we are spoon fed today).

If you like this book, read Wodehouse' books on Jeeves and Wooster. They are absolutely hilarious accounts of the life of England's idle elite a century ago--all fiction, but so true-to-type that many of the fictional accounts actually happened later (Giovannie Guareschi said the same of his Don Camillo books--another favorite). Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! June 25, 2011
By Nicole
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I love the Importance of Being Earnest! Its great, and still funny today. Formatting for the kindle edition is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was actually an enjoyable read August 22, 2014
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Going into reading this play I had a certain understanding of Oscar Wilde`s status as a romantic. Initially I was concerned that this novel would end up being the romantic dribble that you would expect from an author of his standing. I was pleasantly surprised at how wrong my definition for romanticism was. This play was actually a superb weave of wit and plot surprises. This play may have a classic plot with a conclusion that was potentially expected but, I realized that this was indeed one of the classics that defined the genre. Matched with its satirical charm, and its excellent cynicism. This play shaped up to be a magnificent piece that ought to last throughout the ages
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic timeless social comedy!
I really loved the way in which its been presented full of pun which makes it really funny and the style of presentation makes it a must read for everyone. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by yash
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it.
Published 1 day ago by Chris Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Hilarious and ingenious!

An amazing book! Truly worth your time (and brainpower). I am truly delighted to rate this book a 10/10.
Published 3 days ago by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Book is full of quotable quotes which themselves are insight into...
This merely 60 page comedy of errors had me chuckling quite a few times and was finished in one sitting. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ashish
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Published 10 days ago by Tranette Turrietta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny, entertaining, witty, clever. If you have little time and want to smile - read this short story
Published 11 days ago by viktoria s
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great read - or re-read
I got this for my Kindle. It is a great read - or re-read.
Published 11 days ago by M. Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
It was a very fast and easy read. I read this prior to going to see the production being put on at one of the colleges here. The theatrical department did a great job.
Published 13 days ago by Skatedancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A play I can Watch and Read over and over.
Published 14 days ago by JO Catchot
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic comedy
Enduring classic. I have enjoyed reading this play several times and never tire of the scintillating verbal wit and Wilde's critique of the social norms and mores of Victorian... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jean
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