The Plays of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde took London by storm with his first comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan. The combination of dazzling wit, subtle social criticism, sumptuous settings and the theme of a guilty secret proved a winner, both here and in his next three plays, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and his undisputed masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. This volume includes all Wilde's plays from his early tragedy Vera to the controversial Salome and the little known fragments, La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy. The edition affords a rare chance to see Wilde's best known work in the context of his entire dramatic output, and to appreciate plays which have hitherto received scant critical attention.
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Vera or The Nibilists
The Duchess of Padua
Lady Windermeres Fan
A Woman of No Importance
An Ideal Husband
The Importance of Being Earnest
La Sainte Courtisane
A Florentine Tragedy
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Page xxiii - Miss Prism's hand in a tragic manner.] I have returned sooner than I expected. Dr Chasuble, I hope you are well? CHASUBLE. Dear Mr Worthing, I trust this garb of woe does not betoken some terrible calamity? JACK. My brother. MISS PRISM. More shameful debts and extravagance?
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