Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most popular play today, enduring thanks to its easy humor, witty dialog, and clever satire. It was also one of his more successful plays, despite its first run being prematurely ended after only 86 performances. The main characters pretend to be other people in order to escape social obligations, with the resulting confusion of identities driving the plot and the humor behind it.
Earnest also holds the sad distinction of being Wilde’s last published play. A feud with an aristocrat whose son was Wilde’s lover led to a court case revealing Wilde as a homosexual — a crime in those days, and punishable by imprisonment with hard labor.
78 printed pages

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    Arsenii Khitrovshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading


    Olga Molotilovashared an impression8 months ago

    Восхитительная, остроумная комедия, браво, мистер Уайльд!

    Ibtisam Bhattishared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading

    My AP Literature class loved the play! This year, I'm going to try it in my British Literature class. It's witty and a great character study of the themes of love, relationships, family, etc.


    Nadya Yurinovahas quoted6 years ago
    I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
    mxdanielhas quoted4 years ago
    Worn out by your entire ignorance of my existence
    NEEONhas quoted5 years ago
    girls never marry the men they flirt with

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