The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Salome; Lady Windermere's Fan

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Penguin, Mar 10, 1985 - Fiction - 240 pages
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A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde's theatrical genius at its brilliant best. Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", this hilarious attack on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous world on its head, lets duplicity lead to happiness, and makes riposte the highest form of art. Also included in this special collection are Wilde's first comedy success, Lady Windermere's Fan, and his richly sensual melodrama, Salome.

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A frothy play that is immensely enjoyable to read, The Importance of Being Earnest bills itself as a trivial comedy for serious people. The inherent contradiction in the title is a taste of many ... Read full review

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Such a great play, if played well, I guess it would be a pleasure to watch it. It is so funny, I was literally laughing out LOUD on every page. I hope I didn't disturb the neighbors. The female characters are so great foolish in an unfoolish way. And the handbag, just unforgettable. Read full review



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Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. He later lived in London and married Constance Lloyd there in 1884. Wilde was a leader of the Aesthetic Movement. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazinein 1890. He published a revised and expanded edition in 1891 in response to negative reviews which criticised the book's immorality. Wilde became famous through of the immense success of his plays such as Lady Windemere's Fan(1892), An Ideal Husband(1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest(1895).

In 1985, after a public scandal involving Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, he was sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol for 'gross indecency'. His poem The Ballad of Reading Gaolwas based on his experiences in prison and was published in 1898. After his release, Wilde never lived in England again and died in Paris on 30 November 1900. He is buried in P re Lachaise cemetery

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