The Importance of Being Earnest (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)

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Perhaps one of the funniest and most embarrassing moments of my ongoing college experience was when my roommate walked in on me reading this play out loud to myself in varying British accents; I just couldn’t help myself! This play is absolutely hilarious and is definitely worth the read and the reread! --Ella

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Here is Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London's St. James' Theatre on February 14, 1895. The Importance of Being Earnest is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation.
From the play's effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthing's country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpiece keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment.

About the Author

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) remains best known for his comedies of the 1890s, including The Importance of Being Earnest, and for his tragic imprisonment and untimely death.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780486264783
ISBN-10: 0486264785
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: July 1st, 1990
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Dover Thrift Editions