The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 257
ISBN: 0812967143
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Release: 2003
Editor: Random House Digital, Inc.
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack, Worthing and Algernon Mon crieff, who bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives. Jack invents an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull country home and gallavant in town. Meanwhile, Algernon follows Jack's scam, but his imaginary friend, Bumbury, provides a convenient method of adventuring in the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. Hailed as the first modern comedy in England, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is Wilde's most famous work. This collection also features two other plays that Wilde penned earlier in his career, LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN and AN IDEAL HUSBAND, that also display his ability to convey warmth and wit through his hilarious characters and their outlandish situations.

The Importance of Being Earnest Annotated

The Importance of Being Earnest Annotated
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 102
ISBN: 9798705902279
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Release: 2021-02-07
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Some contemporary reviews praised the play's humour and the culmination of Wilde's artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social messages. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play."

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780199535972
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Release: 2008-04-17
Editor: Oxford Paperbacks
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Offers newly edited texts of five of the British playwright's works, including the great farcial comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest."

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 54
ISBN: 9780486264783
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Release: 1990-01-01
Editor: Courier Corporation
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Witty and buoyant comedy of manners is brilliantly plotted from its effervescent first act to its hilarious denouement, and filled with some of literature's most famous epigrams. Widely considered Wilde's most perfect work, the play is reprinted here from an authoritative early British edition. Note to the Dover Edition.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781472585219
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Release: 2016-01-22
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the most enduringly popular of British comic dramas, and a mainstay of English literature and drama courses at college and university level. This is an ideal edition for students with on-page notes to help clarify meaning, and a completely new introduction. In the new introduction, Francesca Coppa explores recent critical approaches to the play, including queer and postcolonial readings, as well as giving the context in which the play was written and how it relates to Wilde's personal life and public persona. The introduction also discusses the play's stage history, providing students with an ideal overview of the play and its resonances for contemporary audiences.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 58
ISBN: 1503331741
Available:
Release: 2014-11-29
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.The successful opening night marked the climax of Wilde's career but also heralded his downfall. The Marquess of Queensberry, whose son Lord Alfred Douglas was Wilde's lover, planned to present the writer with a bouquet of rotten vegetables and disrupt the show. Wilde was tipped off and Queensberry was refused admission. Soon afterwards their feud came to a climax in court, where Wilde's homosexual double life was revealed to the Victorian public and he was eventually sentenced to imprisonment. His notoriety caused the play, despite its early success, to be closed after 86 performances. After his release, he published the play from exile in Paris, but he wrote no further comic or dramatic work.

The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 384
ISBN: 159308059X
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Release: 2003
Editor: Sterling Publishing Company
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays, by Oscar Wilde, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences?biographical, historical, and literary?to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Oscar Wilde's legendary wit dazzles in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the greatest and most popular works of drama to emerge from Victorian England. A light-hearted satire of the absurdity of all forms and conventions, this comic masterpiece features an unforgettable cast of characters who, as critic Max Beerbohm observed, ?speak a kind of beautiful nonsense?the language of high comedy, twisted into fantasy.” This collection also includes Oscar Wilde's most famous comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, as well as his poetic tragedy Salomé?all written between 1891 and 1895, Wilde's most creative period. George Bernard Shaw said of Oscar Wilde that he is ?our most thorough playwright. He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audience, with the whole theater.” Kenneth Krauss received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He teaches drama at the College of Saint Rose, where he also directs and produces. His most recent book is The Drama of Fallen France, on French theater under the German Occupation.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 151
ISBN: HARVARD:32044004648986
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Release: 1899
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” Wilde’s play is a brilliantly satirical comedy of manners, sending up the absurdity of Victorian social mores and cleverly critiquing the conventions of love and marriage. The tale of two gentlemen who adopt fictitious identities in order to woo the objects of their affections is Wilde’s most beloved work, considered to be one of the wittiest plays ever written in English. The glowing critical reception in London on opening night at the St. James Theater in 1895 marked the high point of Wilde’s career as a writer.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 54
ISBN: 1523797215
Available:
Release: 2016-01-31
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a wonderful comedy in which the protagonists uphold fictitious personæ in order to escape burdensome social obligations. It is hailed as being one of the greatest plays of all-time by one of the worlds best loved authors. This is a classic, presented to you in its original form. A great addition to any book collection.

The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest
Author: Ernest Cline
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781938912313
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Release: 2014-08-22
Editor: SCB Distributors
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Familiar and resonant, Cline's collection takes readers into a private landscape of science fiction, pop culture, and pornography. Ernest Cline is a geek, novelist, poet, and screenwriter based in Austin, Texas. In addition to winning poetry slams, Cline is known for screenwriting "Fanboys," released in 2009. He also recently sold the film rights to his latest book, "Armada."

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 209
ISBN: 0393927539
Available:
Release: 2006
Editor: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

"The text of this ... [edition] of Oscar Wilde's comedic tour-de-force is the established three-act version, accompanied by explanatory annotations. The Importance of Being Earnest was originally written in four acts, but Wilde shortened it to three at the urging of George Alexander, the owner of the St. James Theatre and the first actor to play Jack Worthing. The excised portions of the play are included in an appendix. ..."--Back cover.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Peter Raby
Pages: 117
ISBN: STANFORD:36105016295763
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Release: 1995
Editor: Macmillan Reference USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Analyzes both the social context and the literary artistry of Oscar Wilde's comedic play

The Importance of Being Earnest C1 C2

The Importance of Being Earnest  C1 C2
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 240
ISBN: 8877541261
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Release: 2013-02-18
Editor: Uitgeverij De Boeck Secundair onderwijs
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Acknowledged as Wilde's most perfect comedy, brilliant and subversive, The Importance of Being Earnest has even been considered to anticipate the 'drama of the absurd' of the twentieth century. Guided activities and introduction help the student to appreciate this masterpiece.

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 347
ISBN: STANFORD:36105004556200
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Release: 1986
Editor: Penguin Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Lady Windermere's fan - A Woman of no importance - An ideal husband - Salome_______________

IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Author: OSCAR. WILDE
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9350335042
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Release: 2017
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Importance of Not Being Earnest

The Importance of Not Being Earnest
Author: Wallace Chafe
Pages: 167
ISBN: 9789027292971
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Release: 2007-02-01
Editor: John Benjamins Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The thesis of this book is that neither laughter nor humor can be understood apart from the feeling that underlies them. This feeling is a mental state in which people exclude some situation from their knowledge of how the world really is, thereby inhibiting seriousness where seriousness would be counterproductive. Laughter is viewed as an expression of this feeling, and humor as a set of devices designed to trigger it because it is so pleasant and distracting. Beginning with phonetic analyses of laughter, the book examines ways in which the feeling behind the laughter is elicited by both humorous and nonhumorous situations. It discusses properties of this feeling that justify its inclusion in the repertoire of human emotions. Against this background it illustrates the creation of humor in several folklore genres and across several cultures. Finally, it reconciles this understanding with various already familiar ways of explaining humor and laughter.

Readings on The Importance of Being Earnest

Readings on The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Thomas Siebold
Pages: 190
ISBN: 0737705590
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Release: 2001
Editor: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A thematic examination of Wilde's play offers a biographical overview of the author, critical essays by varied experts, and a discussion of concurrent historical events.

A Study Guide for The Importance of Being Earnest

A Study Guide for The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: T Kenney
Pages: 164
ISBN: 9798622412226
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Release: 2020-03-11
Editor: Independently Published
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A Study Guide for The Importance of Being Earnest: Plays in ContextThis study guide aims to support the reader in extended study of the play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. Throughout the guide, the reader is presented with various critical approaches to enable the exploration of style, structure, dramatic presentation and themes within the work. It provides careful support and a framework for reflection which challenges readers to establish their own interpretations and inform wider reading. Additional sections provide exploration of the writer's life and work and an outline of major critical views places the text within the wider contexts of reception and production.The guide is presented in four parts: -Part One, Contexts of Production, considers the writer's life and times, with a focus on significant historical, social and literary contexts.-Part Two introduces some critical approaches, including exploration of; dramatic presentation, characterisation, structure, key themes and relevant critical ideas.-Part Three provides detailed commentary and analysis of each act of the play, with relevant background information and reading tasks to enhance understanding.-Part Four, Contexts of Reception, examines how the text was initially received, as well as providing a critical overview of a range of interpretations and approaches. Topics covered include: Textual analysis; the life of Oscar Wilde; Aspects of Comedy; Victorian Britain; the Wildean Dandy; Critical contexts, including postmodern and postcolonial approaches to the text.

The Importance of Being Earnest with audio

The Importance of Being Earnest  with audio
Author: Oscar Wilde
Pages: 150
ISBN: 9781611239935
Available:
Release: 2012-04-24
Editor: L.A. Theatre Works
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Enhanced ebook edition of The Importance of Being Earnest featuring a full cast audio performance of the play, starring James Marsters as Jack. This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, “that name which inspires absolute confidence.” Wilde’s effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language. The ebook also features an interview with director Michael Hackett, Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA and Chair of the Department of Theater. By merging text and audio, this is a perfect learning tool for enhancing comprehension and enjoyment. The text includes plot summaries of each scene, and it is highly recommended as a study aid for students, teachers, actors and directors. Widely read in high school and college, The Importance of Being Earnest is a text exemplar of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Includes scene-by-scene and word-for-word text and audio of L.A. Theatre Works’ full cast performance starring: James Marsters as Jack Charles Busch as Lady Bracknell Emily Bergl as Cecily Neil Dickson as Lane and Merriman Jill Gascoine as Miss Prism Christopher Neame as Chasuble Matthew Wolf as Algernon Sarah Zimmerman as Gwendolen. Directed by Michael Hackett for L.A. Theatre Works. Lead funding for this production, and its presentation as an enhanced ebook, is generously provided by The Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest
Author: Justin Lloyd
Pages: 290
ISBN: 1492746312
Available:
Release: 2013-12-06
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ernest, the loveable blue-collar buffoon, was a staple in commercials, movies and an award-winning TV show. Today, millions of fans still mourn the loss of Jim Varney, who portrayed Ernest and who died at age 50 in 2000 of cancer. This biography traces Jim's journey from a child in Kentucky with dreams of being a stage and film actor to becoming an iconic entertainment figure in the tradition of Charlie Chaplin.