The Importance of Being Earnest

And Other Plays

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0307757455

Category: Drama

Page: 288

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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.

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Lady Windermere's Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Oscar Wilde,Peter Raby

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0199535973

Category: Drama

Page: 368

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Offers newly edited texts of five of the British playwright's works, including the great farcial comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest."

The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Boxtree

ISBN: 1760552895

Category: Drama

Page: 472

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The four great comedies of Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, were all written at the height of the controversial Irish author's powers in his last, doomed decade, the 1890s. They remain among the most-loved, and most-quoted, of all drama in the English language. Along with Salome, his darkly decadent dramatization of the Bible story, these immortal plays continue to pack theatres, and have been adapted for every kind of media. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays echoes the book form in which Wilde originally insisted his plays were published, and includes illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley and an afterword by Ned Halley. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Lady Windermere's Fan

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408145189

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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'My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's' Lady Windermere has a happy marriage - or, at least, that's what she believes until one of London society's gossips, the Duchess of Berwick, arrives with her daughter to voice her suspicions about an affair Lord Windermere appears to be having. It's not just the Duchess who has evidence, however. Windermere's private bank book shows that he's been giving large sums of money to a 'Mrs Erlynne' - on frequent occasions - and he himself even admits to seeing much of the woman. To add insult to injury, Windermere insists that Mrs Erlynne is invited to the ball that is being held for Lady Windermere's birthday. Employing the witty dialogue, social satire and outrageous paradox for which he is still remembered, Wilde's play shows us the destructiveness of gossip and superficial judgement, examines the ambiguous sexual morality and gender politics at the heart of the British ruling class, while simultaneously challenging our perceptions of what constitutes a 'good woman'. This student edition contains a fully annotated version of the playtext. The introduction includes an account of Wilde's life and a detailed analysis of Lady Windermere's Fan as well as its stage history. Ian Small is Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of a number of critical studies on Wilde and has edited several of Wilde's works, including a scholarly edition of Wilde's second society comedy, A Woman of No Importance, also published in the New Mermaids series.

The Plays of Oscar Wilde

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840224184

Category: Drama

Page: 444

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Oscar Wilde took London by storm with his first comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan. His other plays include: A Woman of No Importance and The Importance of Being Earnest. This work features Wilde's plays ranging from his early tragedy era to the controversial Salome and little known fragments, La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy.

Wilde Complete Plays

Lady Windermere's Fan; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest; A Woman of No Importance; Salome; The Duchess of Padua; Vera, or the Nihilists; A Florentine Tragedy; La Sainte Courtisane

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408149168

Category: Drama

Page: 624

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This volume contains everything Wilde wrote in dramatic form Wilde's masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is printed here in its usual three-act form, but with an appendix containing the best material from the original four-act version. Also included are his three 'problem plays', Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband, as well as his once-banned Salome and several other little-known but fascinating dramas. H. Montgomery Hyde, an acknowledged expert on Wilde and author of several books on him, provides an introduction to Wilde's life and work with special attention to the composition and performance of the plays. "Wilde is to me our only thorough playwright. He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audiences, with the whole theatre" (George Bernard Shaw)

The Importance of Being Earnest and Related Writings

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Other

ISBN: N.A

Category: England

Page: 271

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This edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest locates his writings within the broader cultural concerns of his day and examines Wilde's aestheticism, his sexual politics, his socialist ideas, and his allegiances to Irish nationalism,

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Bantam Classics

ISBN: 0307757684

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

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Flamboyant and controversial, Oscar Wilde was a dazzling personality, a master of wit, and a dramatic genius whose sparkling comedies contain some of the most brilliant dialogue ever written for the English stage. Here in one volume are his immensely popular novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; his last literary work, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol,” a product of his own prison experience; and four complete plays: Lady Windermere’s Fan, his first dramatic success, An Ideal Husband, which pokes fun at conventional morality, The Importance of Being Earnest, his finest comedy, and Salomé, a portrait of uncontrollable love originally written in French and faithfully translated by Richard Ellmann. Every selection appears in its entirety–a marvelous collection of outstanding works by the incomparable Oscar Wilde, who’s been aptly called “a lord of language” by Max Beerbohm. From the Paperback edition.

Lady Windermere's Fan

A Play about a Good Woman

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English drama (Comedy)

Page: 132

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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde

Author: Peter Raby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521479875

Category: Drama

Page: 307

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The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde offers an essential introduction to one of the theater's most important and enigmatic writers. Although a general overview, the volume also offers some of the latest thinking on the dramatist and his impact on the twentieth century. Part One places Wilde's work within the cultural and historical context of his time and includes an opening essay by Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland. Part Two looks at Wilde's essential work as playwright and general writer. The third group of essays examines the themes and factors that shaped Wilde's work and includes Wilde and his view of the Victorian woman, Wilde's sexual identities, and interpreting Wilde on stage. The volume provides a detailed chronology of Wilde's work, a bibliography for further reading, and illustrations from important productions.

The Oscar Wilde Collection

A Selection of His Greatest Work

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781784282585

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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"Revered as a playwright, Oscar Wilde was also a successful novelist, short-story writer and poet with an impressive body of published work. Gathered together in this volume is a wonderful cross section of his literary genius, including two collections of children's stories; The Picture of Dorian Gray; and the infamous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Illustrated with beautiful, antique images from Henry Keene, Walter Crane, and Jacomb Hood..." -- page [4] of cover.

The Importance of Being Earnest

A Trivial Novel for Serious People

Author: Charles Osborne,Oscar Wilde

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250101662

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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The Importance of Being Earnest shows a full measure of Oscar Wilde's legendary wit, and embodies more than any of his other plays, his decency and warmth. This edition contains substantial excerpts from the original four-act version which was never produced, as well as the full text of the final three-act version, selections from Wilde's correspondence, and commentary by George Bernard Shaw, Max Beerbohm, St. John Hankin, and James Agate.

The Importance of Being Earnest

A Reader's Companion

Author: Peter Raby

Publisher: Twayne Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 117

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Analyzes both the social context and the literary artistry of Oscar Wilde's comedic play

Wilde

Comedies : Lady Windermere's fan ; A woman of no importance ; An ideal husband ; The importance of being earnest : a casebook

Author: William Tydeman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

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Revising Wilde

Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde

Author: Sos Eltis

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 226

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A radical re-examination of Oscar Wilde's plays, Revising Wilde challenges long-established views of the writer as a dilettante and dandy, revealing him instead as a serious philosopher and social critic who used his plays to subvert the traditional values of Victorian literature and society. By tracing Wilde's painstaking revisions and redraftings of his plays, Sos Eltis uncovers themes subsequently concealed in successive versions which demonstrate that Wilde was in fact an anarchist, a socialist, and a feminist. Wilde borrowed plots and incidents from numerous contemporary French and English plays, but he then subtly rewrote his plagiarized material in order to mock the very conventions he imitated. By analysing previously unconsidered manuscript drafts, and comparing the finished plays with their sources, Eltis displays a surprising depth and complexity to Wilde's work. The little-known early play, Vera; or, The Nihilists is revealed as a politically radical drama, the society plays are shown to challenge Victorian sexual and social mores, and The Importance of Being Earnest is interpreted as an anarchic farce, which reflects the Utopian vision of Wilde's political essay, 'The Soul of Man under Socialism'. Taking into account the most recent scholarship and criticism, this accessible study will be of interest to Wilde specialists and enthusiasts alike.

Revival: Jonsonians: Living Traditions (2003)

Author: Brian Woolland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351775146

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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This title was first published in 2003. "Jonsonians" explores the theatrical traditions within which Ben Jonson was working, investigates the ways in which his work has influenced and informed the development of theatre from the early 17th century to the present day, and examines Jonson's theatre in relation to 20th- and 21st-century traditions of performance. It argues that although Jonsonian traditions are rarely acknowledged, they are vibrant and powerful forces that are very much alive today in the theatre of writers and directors as diverse as Caryl Churchill, David Mamet, Spike Lee, John Arden, Alan Ayckbourn and Peter Barnes. The book opens with essays on "Poetaster", "Sejanus", "Bartholomew Fair", "The New Inn" and "The Magnetic Lady" - each of which interrogates, in a variety of ways, the notion of "Jonsonian" theatre and considers the relationships of Jonson's theatre to classical traditions, to his contemporaries in England and Europe, and to modern performance practice and theory. The second section of the book includes essays on "The Sons of Ben" (including Richard Brome) Aphra Behn and "Daughters of Ben" (women working in the theatre in the post-Restoration period). The book concludes with an extensive section devoted to modern day Jonsonians, exploring how reading their work as Jonsonian might alter perceptions of contemporary theatre, and how seeing them as contemporary "Jonsonians" might affect our understanding of Jonson's theatre.