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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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Sometimes your reading habits look completely nonsensical. Why would I have read any Wilde? Sure, he was a socialist, elitist wit. But why would I like such a thing? Anyway, I'm glad I got around to ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookwoman247 - LibraryThing

Wow! The Importance of Being Earnest is now my favorite play, ever! I laughed out loud the whole way through! The satire and humor were delicious! The other plays were excellent and I enjoyed them all ... Read full review

Contents

ACT I
ACT II
ACT III
ACT IV
ACT I
ACT II
ACT III
THE GRIBSBY EPISODE
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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Sylvan Barnet wrote numerous texts analyzing the works of Shakespeare as well as the writing craft. Additionally, Barnet was the editor of the Signet Classics Shakespeare series and professor emeritus at Tufts University. He died in 2016.

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