The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Importance of Being Earnest

A Trivial Play for Serious People

By Oscar Wilde; Patricia Hern (Editor); Glenda Leeming (Editor)

Methuen Publishing, Paperback, 9780413396303, 84pp.

Publication Date: June 29, 1988

Description

Wilde's "trivial play for serious people" is a sparkling comedy of manners. This hilariously absurd satire pits sincerity against style, barbed witticisms against ostentatious elegance. Wilde's brilliantly constructed plot and famous dialogue enrich the appeal of his celebrated characters, as he turns accepted ideas inside out and situations upside down in this, his masterpiece.
The Student Edition offers a plot summary, full commentary, character notes and questions for study, besides a chronology and bibliography.



About the Author
Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1856. In the years following his graduation from Oxford in 1878 he published poems and stories which included The Picture of Dorian Gray. Lady Windermere's Fan was produced in 1892, A Woman of No Importance in 1893 and An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895. Later work included De Profundis and The Ballad of Reading Gaol. He died in 1900.