The Importance of Being Earnest
This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader's notes to help the modern reader appreciate Wilde's wry wit and elaborate plot twists. Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers' entanglements still delights readers more... show more
This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader's notes to help the modern reader appreciate Wilde's wry wit and elaborate plot twists. Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers' entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades. Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gewndolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack's ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack's country home on the same weekend, the rivals to fight for Ernest's undivided attention and the Ernests to claim their beloved's pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!
Publish date: January 1st 2005
Publisher: Prestwick House Inc.
Pages no: 76
Edition language: English
After what feels like a millennium, I have read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and I totally get the hype now. Oscar Wilde's play focuses on two men who independently of the other have invented alternate personas that allow them to cut loose without (hopefully) any repercussions. One...
About every-other line is a quotable observation, a stab at societal mores, a joke, or all of the above. Algernon's being the most egregious. Prime case would be The truth is rarely pure and never simple. I had fun, and I reckon the rising level of ridiculous would be even better watching it p...
I can't believe I haven't read this before, ugh. I've heard of this play, of course, but I honestly didn't know anything about it before reading it, except that it was funny.I would love to see this performed because, as amusing as it was to read, I feel like actually seeing it acted out would be ev...
This was a lot of fun! The full cast was awesome. I am really kind of surprised by how funny I thought it was.