The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People (Paperback)

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Whether you’re already a fan of Oscar Wilde or just curious, this play will not disappoint. Full of Wilde’s signature wit and humor, this dramatic farce will have you laughing as you read. A great example of Victorian literature that you’ll actually enjoy reading.
— Emily, Vroman's


First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious person to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while one considered it the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781985409477
ISBN-10: 198540947X
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: February 14th, 2018
Pages: 104
Language: English