The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

eBook - 2013
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The Importance of being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is Oscar Wilde's most popular and successful play. First performed in London in 1895, it ran for eighty-six performances. Wilde's play is a farcical romp in which the protagonists don fake personas to shirk the burdens of their social obligations. They are Algernon Moncrieff and Ernest Worthing, young gentlemen leading double lives. Algernon inquires why the cigarette case belonging to "Ernest" bears the name "Jack. " Earnest confesses that while in the country taking care of his young ward Cecily, he's Jack; here he claims to be taking care of his profligate brother Earnest in London. When he's in London, however, he becomes the rakish Earnest. Algernon admits to the same ruse: while in country, he tells his London friends he's visiting an invalid friend named "Bunbury. " Wilde's hilarious and biting play pokes fun at the social order of Victorian England, while showcasing the author's classic witty epigrams (short, often paradoxical sayings) for which he is famous. Tragically the success of the opening night also brought about Wilde's end: the father Lord Alfred Douglas (Wilde's lover) had planned to present a bouquet of rotting vegetables to Wilde to interrupt the play, but Wilde was warned in advance, and the Marquess of Queensberry was barred entry. This began the famous trial that would lead to Wilde's persecution for homosexuality, and his eventual imprisonment and untimely death. But all of this might have been worth it to witness the hordes of Victorian socialites laughing uproariously... about themselves.
Publisher: [United States] :, Sheba Blake Publishing :, 2013.
ISBN: 9781304739780
1304739783
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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erikavking
Sep 29, 2016

This play is brimming with double-entendre and absurdity. Hysterical!

ezhurbin Jun 24, 2016

A comical Victorian farce full of witty repartee and absurdities! Very entertaining, funny, and almost every line is quotable. I am sad that the book is short and had to end so fast.

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csrestall
Jun 01, 2016

This was a great quick read, super funny and lighthearted! Very witty and satirical towards British society at the time! Super fun!

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connector
Feb 29, 2016

Holy smokes! So good. Doesn't get better than this. Oscar is THE MAN!

poopyhead69 May 29, 2014

It's brilliant. I lolled many times.

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Lauren31
Feb 06, 2013

Loved it! Very funny, witty, quick read.

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beadingbritt
Jul 06, 2012

Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name?" Well, apparently, it's a matter of some importance to these 4!
Wilde captured the dry, ridiculous nature of society at the time wonderfully, and you can't help but laugh your way through this book!
Worth every second!

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csrestall
Jun 01, 2016

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csrestall
Jun 01, 2016

Jack and Algernon both suffer from a bad case of bunburyism, to invent a fictional character for ones own gain. Subsequently they both end up becoming engaged to women who both believe they are the same man named Ernest. Much troubles occur from this mix up!

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