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The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

by Oscar Wilde

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As scrumptious a play as was ever penned. ( )
  JMlibrarian | Mar 3, 2015 |
This is a witty comedy of errors with a satirical view of the relations of London's gentry in the late 19th Century.

Somehow Wilde manages to craft characters that are both perfectly likable and personally detestable. They trade quips, barbs, and unselfconsciously ridiculous statements with poise and aplomb.

I'm sure I missed at least half of the jokes and allusions in this play, but I loved it anyway. I highly recommend it. ( )
  wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
The only thing I can say is that it's a good thing I didn't die of laughter. Wilde 'da man, peeps. ( )
  IsaboeOfLumatere | Jan 14, 2015 |
Classic. Brilliant. Genius. Hilarious.

Does this book need a review? ( )
  skirret | Jan 2, 2015 |
a blend of hilarity and double speak... quit the woodhousian affair. ( )
  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
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Oscar Wildeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holland, VyvyanForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Popkin, HenryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Eight Great Comedies by Sylvan Barnet

Five Plays by Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde: The Complete Plays, Stories, Poems, and Novels by Oscar Wilde

Three Plays by Oscar Wilde

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde

Cavalcade of comedy; 21 brilliant comedies from Jonson and Wycherley to Thurber and Coward by Louis Kronenberger

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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?
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486264785, Paperback)

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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