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 and Other Plays

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

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191609056

Category: Drama

Page: 400

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Oscar Wilde was already one of the best known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s and retain their power today. The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned for public performance by the English censor. His final dramatic triumph was his `trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest' arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English. Under the General Editorship of Dr Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Importance of Being Earnest

And Other Plays

Author: Oscar Wilde,Sylvan Barnet

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780451525055

Category: Drama

Page: 200

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Presents the three classic plays "Salome," "Lady Windermere's Fan," and "The Importance of Being Earnest"

The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509846743

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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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: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486159620

Category: Drama

Page: 64

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Sparkling repartee, epigrams, and dialogue enliven this witty Victorian comedy of manners in which a model of social rectitude learns from an unexpected source the difference between true morality and its appearance.

Lady Windermere's Fan

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408145189

Category: Drama

Page: 144

View: 1918

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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.

A Woman of No Importance

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 889252464X

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

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Mrs. Allonby. What a comfort it is to have got rid of the men for a little! Lady Stutfield. Yes; men persecute us dreadfully, don’t they? Mrs. Allonby. Persecute us? I wish they did. Lady Hunstanton. My dear! Mrs. Allonby. The annoying thing is that the wretches can be perfectly happy without us. That is why I think it is every woman’s duty never to leave them alone for a single moment, except during this short breathing space after dinner; without which I believe we poor women would be absolutely worn to shadows. [Enter Servants with coffee.] Lady Hunstanton. Worn to shadows, dear? Mrs. Allonby. Yes, Lady Hunstanton. It is such a strain keeping men up to the mark. They are always trying to escape from us. Lady Stutfield. It seems to me that it is we who are always trying to escape from them. Men are so very, very heartless. They know their power and use it. Lady Caroline. [Takes coffee from Servant.] What stuff and nonsense all this about men is! The thing to do is to keep men in their proper place. Mrs. Allonby. But what is their proper place, Lady Caroline? Lady Caroline. Looking after their wives, Mrs. Allonby.

Wilde, Oscar, Five Major Plays

Lady Windermere's Fan, Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, Woman of No Importance, Ideal Husband

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Peter Smith Publisher

ISBN: 9780804902083

Category: English literature

Page: 320

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Lady Windermer's Fan, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome', A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband.

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: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408121425

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 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 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 Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Author: Oscar Wilde,Alyssa Harad

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416500421

Category: Drama

Page: 378

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Each volume in a collection of affordable, readable editions of some of the world's greatest works of literature features a chronology of the author's life and career, a concise introduction containing valuable background information, a timeline of significant events, an outline of key plot points and themes, detailed explanatory notes, critical analyses, discussion questions, and a list of recommended books and films.

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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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

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Author: Oscar Wilde,Moira Muldoon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416500278

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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A selection of the author's work is enhanced by an introduction, a chronology of the author's life and work, a timeline of significant events, discussion questions, critical analysis, and explanatory notes.

Oscar Wilde in Context

Author: Kerry Powell,Peter Raby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107016134

Category: Drama

Page: 438

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Concise and illuminating articles explore Oscar Wilde's life and work in the context of the turbulent landscape of his time.

A Florentine Tragedy

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732658368

Category: Fiction

Page: 40

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Reproduction of the original: A Florentine Tragedy by Oscar Wilde