The Importance of Being Earnest 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1613822180
ISBN-10: 1613822189
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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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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By Zachattack on June 15, 2012
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The Importance of Being Earnest is my favorite non-musical play. Oscar Wilde is humorous and comical in his use of language in this play. This play teaches the importance of truth and honesty while giving a comical representation of what would happen if one tells a lie. I love both the use of language and the plot structure in this play. Oscar Wilde should be and IS praised for this masterpiece.
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By Peter on October 4, 2012
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This is one of the CLASSICS!

I remember acting in this at school, I've seen it in professional theater and recently heard the audio book presentation.

Very funny, even more so when you consider it is now 100 years old, and was probably the scandal of the day when it came out. It ages not at all, it could have been written yesterday and would be just as funny.
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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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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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