The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Book - 2003 | 2003 Modern Library paperback ed.
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Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives. Jack invents an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull country home and gallavant in town. Meanwhile, Algernon follows Jack's scam, but his imaginary friend, Bumbury, provides a convenient method of adventuring in the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. Hailed as the first modern comedy in England, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is Wilde's most famous work. This collection also features two other plays that Wilde penned earlier in his career, LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN and AN IDEAL HUSBAND, that also display his ability to convey warmth and wit through his hilarious characters and their outlandish situations.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2003.
Edition: 2003 Modern Library paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780812967142
0812967143
Branch Call Number: 822.8 WILDE
Characteristics: xvi, 257 p. ; 21 cm.

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erikavking
Sep 29, 2016

This play is brimming with double-entendre and absurdity. Hysterical!

ezhurbin Jun 24, 2016

A comical Victorian farce full of witty repartee and absurdities! Very entertaining, funny, and almost every line is quotable. I am sad that the book is short and had to end so fast.

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csrestall
Jun 01, 2016

This was a great quick read, super funny and lighthearted! Very witty and satirical towards British society at the time! Super fun!

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connector
Feb 29, 2016

Holy smokes! So good. Doesn't get better than this. Oscar is THE MAN!

poopyhead69 May 29, 2014

It's brilliant. I lolled many times.

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Lauren31
Feb 06, 2013

Loved it! Very funny, witty, quick read.

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beadingbritt
Jul 06, 2012

Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name?" Well, apparently, it's a matter of some importance to these 4!
Wilde captured the dry, ridiculous nature of society at the time wonderfully, and you can't help but laugh your way through this book!
Worth every second!

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csrestall
Jun 01, 2016

Jack and Algernon both suffer from a bad case of bunburyism, to invent a fictional character for ones own gain. Subsequently they both end up becoming engaged to women who both believe they are the same man named Ernest. Much troubles occur from this mix up!

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