The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

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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. Note to the Dover Edition.
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1990
Edition: Dover ed
ISBN: 9780486264783
0486264785
Call Number: 822.8 W644i 1990
Characteristics: viii, 54 p. ; 21 cm

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Our June 2017 selection was Oscar Wilde’s hilarious comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s popular 1895 play follows the adventures two Victorian bachelors who adopt fake identities in order to find love and evade responsibility. The play’s dialog is famous for its relentless... Read More »


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Maolunzhou
Jul 10, 2018

It is amusing, but just for light reading.. I expected a better variety of themes, but it seems to repeat for every play which is a bit tiresome.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

This play is hysterical on multiple levels; truly some of Wilde's finest work. Skip the movie versions (none of them are good) and see it live if you're able to.

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erikavking
Sep 29, 2016

This play is brimming with double-entendre and absurdity. Hysterical!

ezhurbin Jun 24, 2016

A comical Victorian farce full of witty repartee and absurdities! Very entertaining, funny, and almost every line is quotable. I am sad that the book is short and had to end so fast.

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csrestall
Jun 01, 2016

This was a great quick read, super funny and lighthearted! Very witty and satirical towards British society at the time! Super fun!

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connector
Feb 29, 2016

Holy smokes! So good. Doesn't get better than this. Oscar is THE MAN!

poopyhead69 May 29, 2014

It's brilliant. I lolled many times.

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Lauren31
Feb 06, 2013

Loved it! Very funny, witty, quick read.

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beadingbritt
Jul 06, 2012

Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name?" Well, apparently, it's a matter of some importance to these 4!
Wilde captured the dry, ridiculous nature of society at the time wonderfully, and you can't help but laugh your way through this book!
Worth every second!

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csrestall
Jun 01, 2016

Jack and Algernon both suffer from a bad case of bunburyism, to invent a fictional character for ones own gain. Subsequently they both end up becoming engaged to women who both believe they are the same man named Ernest. Much troubles occur from this mix up!

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