The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays (Penguin Classics)

by OscarWilde (Author), RichardCave (Introduction)


Wilde was both a glittering wordsmith and a social outsider. His drama emerges out of these two perhaps contradictory identities, combining epigrammatic brilliance and shrewd social observation. Includes "Lady Windermere's Fan", "Salome", "A Woman of No Importance", "An Ideal Husband", "A Florentine Tragedy" and "The Importance of Being Earnest", which appears in full with the "Grigsby" scene which originally made up the fourth act.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 29 May 2003

ISBN 10: 0140436065
ISBN 13: 9780140436068
Book Overview: This reissue is designed to tie-in with the film version of The Importance of Being Earnest to be released nationwide from 30th August 2002. The film stars Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Reese Witherspoon.

Author Bio
Born in Ireland, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900) was educated in Dublin & Oxford and went on to become the leading and most prominent exponent of flamboyant aestheticism. As well as his many plays, he wrote one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), and published several volumes of poetry and criticism. He was imprisoned in 1895 for homosexual offences and after his release he died in exile in Paris. Richard Cave has edited a selection of Yeats' plays for Penguin Classics.