The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Oscar Wilde, Introduction by Richard Allen Cave, Edited by Richard Allen Cave

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140436065
  • ISBN 13: 9780140436068
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 11,774

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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"A Florentine Tragedy" and "The Importance of Being Earnest", which appears in full with the "Grigsby" scene which originally made up the fourth act.

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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.