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The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

by Oscar Wilde

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Very witty and very silly. A thoroughly enjoyable play. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
A cute little trifle, just a middle-of-the-road blip, though. At least now I can say I’ve been exposed to it, and exposure is good - unless you’re arrested for it, or die from it. ( )
  RonTyler | Aug 11, 2017 |
The dry humor in this work is priceless. Thank you Mr. Wilde. One of my favorite pieces.
  JoyWolfe | Jul 6, 2017 |
I read this at fifteen because I'd been so in love with [b:The Picture of Dorian Gray|5297|The Picture of Dorian Gray|Oscar Wilde|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320467562s/5297.jpg|1858012] that I was sure I needed more Wilde in my life. Eight years later he's the subject of my thesis, which might indicate just how good I thought this play was. I haven't seen it performed in theatre, however! Just scenes or parodies and the 2002 film. Sidenote: there is a fantastic moment in DWJ's [b:Fire And Hemlock|860520|Fire And Hemlock|Diana Wynne Jones|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1345877948s/860520.jpg|1121945] where at the school talent showcase two of the boys are dressed up in suits and have forgotten all their lines and just circle the table eating cucumber sandwiches and not speaking and I thought that was the best. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
I've read the screen play.
It is an absolute gem of characterisation and dialogue. Full of humour and wit and worth reading again every once in a while. An uplifting experience I can't recommend highly enough.
Go ahead and treat yourself, it not a lot to buy on ebook readers. ( )
  AdrianGHilder | Feb 22, 2017 |
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Oscar Wildeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Holland, VyvyanForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Popkin, HenryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished.
Did you hear what I was playing, Lane?
LADY BRACKNELL: To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
ALGERNON: Did you hear what I was playing, Lane?
LANE: I didn't think it polite to listen, sir.
ALGERNON: I am sorry for that, for your sake. I don't play accurately—anyone can play accurately—but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.
ALGERNON: Good heavens! Is marriage so demoralising as that?
LANE: I believe it is a very pleasant state, sir. I have had very little experience of it myself up to the present. I have only been married once. That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself and a young person.
ALGERNON: Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.
JACK: I am quite aware of the fact, and I don't propose to discuss modern culture. It isn't the sort of thing one should talk of in private.
ALGERNON: The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!
JACK: That wouldn't be at all a bad thing.
ALGERNON: Literary criticism is not your forte, my dear fellow. Don't try it. You should leave that to people who haven't been at a University. They do it so well in the daily papers.
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Witty and buoyant comedy of manners is brilliantly plotted from its effervescent first act to its hilarious denouement, and filled with some of literature's most famous epigrams. Widely considered Wilde's most perfect work, the play is reprinted here from an authoritative early British edition. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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"First published 1899 in the United Kingdom. Drawing room comedy exposing quirks and foibles of Victorian society with plot revolving around amorous pursuits of two men who face social obstacles when they woo young ladies of quality. This play 'is noted for its witty lines, its clever situations, and its satire on the British nobility and clergy.'" Reader's Ency 4th ed.… (more)

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