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The importance of being earnest (original 1895; edition 1990)

by Oscar Wilde

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Title:The importance of being earnest
Authors:Oscar Wilde
Info:Dover Publications (1990), Paperback
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1895)

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I had no idea Oscar Wilde was so funny. This play is witty, sarcastic, silly, and extremely quotable. "In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing." Also, very easy to read, and being a play, very short. I laughed out quite often. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Very funny, in the ridiculous sense, and often quotable. (I think Wilde could go further into illogic and non-sequiturs, and should try some longer-running gags.) Edited nicely; the humor doesn't overstay its welcome.

Jack: You never talk anything but nonsense.
Algernon: Nobody ever does. ( )
  breic | Oct 1, 2018 |
There is nothing earnest about the play..This is a madhouse with eccentric characters. I loved the booked instantly on reading the plot. Oscar Wilde is a clever and witty writer. The mistaken identities,the fake personalities, the convenient truths and inconvenient circumstances , all lead up to a perfectly adorable and hilarious family drama. This is a satirical comedy about love and marriage. I enjoyed every line of the book with its Victorian themed narrative. The importance of being "Ernest" is highlighted in several humourous ways- as a person and as a quality. Jack and Algy add different levels of complexity to staying Earnest. The climax is the most eventful with a delightful conversation between the shallow Aunt Augusta and the misplaced "Ernest". Cecily and Gwendolin are such adorable characters who are so farce yet sophisticated.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves absurdity and mockery. ( )
  deepa_nanjundaswamy | Aug 3, 2018 |
There is nothing earnest about the play..This is a madhouse with eccentric characters. I loved the booked instantly on reading the plot. Oscar Wilde is a clever and witty writer. The mistaken identities,the fake personalities, the convenient truths and inconvenient circumstances , all lead up to a perfectly adorable and hilarious family drama. This is a satirical comedy about love and marriage. I enjoyed every line of the book with its Victorian themed narrative. The importance of being "Ernest" is highlighted in several humourous ways- as a person and as a quality. Jack and Algy add different levels of complexity to staying Earnest. The climax is the most eventful with a delightful conversation between the shallow Aunt Augusta and the misplaced "Ernest". Cecily and Gwendolin are such adorable characters who are so farce yet sophisticated.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves absurdity and mockery. ( )
  deepahn | Aug 3, 2018 |
I found the play amusing, so I'm giving the book three stars. However, I have to give one star to the homophobic creator biography and literary analysis that is contained in the edition I actually read, a 1959 book in the Barron's Educational Series. When it wasn't offensive, the literary analysis was just boring as hell and written in dry, tortured, overly academic prose that contrasted greatly with the witty dialogue in Wilde's play. Wilde's work stands the test of time, while the introductory matter is best left in the past. ( )
1 vote villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
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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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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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