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The Importance of Being Earnest [Paperback]

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Commentaries by Shaw, Beerbohm and Agate follow a three-act version of Wilde's satirical assault on nineteenth-century fashions, manners, and morality

Publishers Description
The Importance of Being Earnest shows a full measure of Oscar Wilde's legendary wit, and embodies more than any of his other plays, his decency and warmth. This edition contains substantial excerpts from the original four-act version which was never produed, as well as the full test of the final three-act version, selections from Wilde's correspondence, and commentary by George Bernard Shaw, Max Beerbohm, St. John Hankin, and James Agate.

Item Specifications...

Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1976
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0380012774  
EAN  9780380012770  

Availability  531 units.
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Classic Wit  Apr 29, 2010
Oscar Wilde's last and best-known play is a classic comedy complete with mistaken identities, biting satire, and a fair amount of punning (including a crucial pun in the title). This is Wilde at his irreverent best as he repeatedly skewers as many aspects of late 19th Century English society as he can manage.

I've occasionally heard the term "joke density" applied to comedy writing, and The Importance of Being Ernest certainly has that. Every character in the play is witty, and the jabs, barbs, and puns come fast and furious.

The story centers on two somewhat roguish young bachelors who have both created elaborate lies to help them to cover for their mischief. At different points in the play, both gentlemen have assumed the false name of Ernest, which becomes a problem once two women become involved. Two women who are both particularly enamored with the idea of marrying someone named Ernest.

The tightly plotted play has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, and the witty dialogue never lets up.

The Avon (a HarperCollins imprint) paperback edition that I read contained a short collection of critical essays, the most interesting being a (mostly negative) review by George Bernard Shaw of the original production of the play, which raises some interesting points about the nature of comedy. I found some good insights into the career of Oscar Wilde in the introduction and the other critical pieces, but those familiar with his life and work would not be missing much by skipping these "bonus features".

The play itself was a really enjoyable work to read, and I'll keep an eye out for a chance to catch a performance of it sometime.
General Books Problem...Not the book  Mar 24, 2010
I ordered this for my daughters birthday and this site delivered right on her birthday. My daughter is a huge Oscar Wilde fan! Unfortunately, the book was full of garbage text. It was printed by General Books the day I ordered it. I then requested a replacement. Once again, it was printed the day I made my request and it contained the exact garbage text that the original order contained. Here is an example of the garbage text that this book contained...(Jk*he$. HeL*) This was all throughout the book. Then half the book looked like some bizarre glossary that didn't even belong to this book. The entire book was worthless both times and I requested a refund. I can't give a proper review on the book as it was unreadable!
A charming edition!  Jan 24, 2010
you know the story, but this is just a review to say I really liked the cover too, and this is a charming edition, enjoy the laughter!
Downright hysterical  Dec 15, 2009
There are little things I can say without just linking to the masterpiece itself on Project Gutenburg. It's cheap, it's public domain, and it's funny as hell. Its satire, wit, and constant pace is beyond comparison. If you want a short but amusing read, look no further - Oscar Wilde is beyond brilliant.
Hillararious  Nov 6, 2009
I loved the book as much as the live play. It was one of the first plays I've read since college, so it was fun getting used to reading a play format, rather than a novel.

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