The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Drama - 368 pages
Oscar Wilde was already one of the best known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s and retain their powertoday.The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned forpublic performance by the English censor. His final dramatic triumph was his `trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest' arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English.Under the General Editorship of Dr Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation.

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Read for: Sutton Trust Summer School, July 2008 EN2004: Drama: Reading and Performance, 2011 July 2008: I watched the BBC dramatisation of this play years ago, and it was obviously extremely accurate ... Read full review

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Peter Raby is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Drama Department at Homerton College, Cambridge.

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