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The Importance of Being Earnest Paperback – August 27, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1613822180 ISBN-10: 1613822189 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (August 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613822189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613822180
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In short, there is material aplenty here for the average reader and considerable matter for the specialist." --English Literature in Transition 1880-1920


About the Author

Born in Ireland, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900) was educated in Dublin & Oxford and went on to become the leading and most prominent exponent of flamboyant aestheticism. As well as his many plays, he wrote one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), and published several volumes of poetry and criticism. He was imprisoned in 1895 for homosexual offences and after his release he died in exile in Paris. Richard Cave has edited a selection of Yeats' plays for Penguin Classics.

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He's very funny and it's a quick read.
K. Townsend
My daughter will enjoy reading this book as one of her summertime home school reading assignments.
John J.
Oscar Wilde is humorous and comical in his use of language in this play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Unruh on May 4, 2013
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Witty and funny! I love Oscar Wilde! Such a classic, if your considering buying this book, do it! It's great!
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This is a second copy of the play that I purchased from Amazon -- each from a different publisher. I wanted to compare the two, and found that each one was exactly what I wanted them to be -- a great story well done!
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The Importance of Being Earnest is a clever little play that’s bound to cause more than a few laughs. It does, however, sacrifice depth to stay light and charming.

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By Lorna on April 30, 2013
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This is a great play/story! Nothing Cliche despite its age. I haven't read,heard, or viewed anything quite like this book/play. Very original and unique. Great read, I hope to see it performed.
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By K. Townsend on April 17, 2013
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He's very funny and it's a quick read. I enjoyed mostly every page. I like the way he writes relationships.
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By M. A. Bryden on February 28, 2013
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Who cannot love this book?! It is indeed a classic and Oscar Wilde's best work by far. I wish I could have seen it performed when written.
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By Amy on January 7, 2013
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I love this play! My teen is performing it soon! However, we were disappointed that the version we were sent was not an exact match to the picture shown. This has made it harder for her to practice lines, etc. since everyone else's copy had different page numbers for the scene they were working on.
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By George C. King on November 23, 2012
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A pathologically witty play--signaled immediately by the pun lurking in the title--which punctures the trivial bubble of Victorian society. The text reads with the rapidity of Voltaire's Candide, so the comedy's pace must be absolutely white hot in performance. The actors would have to wait for the laughter to die down, a real challenge with this farce. One should, of course, see it on the stage, and I must admit that I've never had that pleasure. I will try to remedy that omission before I die! My favorite line from the play: "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."
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