The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays Oscar Wilde s legendary wit dazzles in The Importance of Being Earnest one of the greatest and most popular works of drama to emerge from Victorian England A light hearted satire of the absurdity of

  • Title: The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays
  • Author: Oscar Wilde Aubrey Beardsley Kenneth Krauss
  • ISBN: 9781593080594
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oscar Wilde s legendary wit dazzles in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the greatest and most popular works of drama to emerge from Victorian England A light hearted satire of the absurdity of all forms and conventions, this comic masterpiece features an unforgettable cast of characters who, as critic Max Beerbohm observed, speak a kind of beautiful nonsense theOscar Wilde s legendary wit dazzles in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the greatest and most popular works of drama to emerge from Victorian England A light hearted satire of the absurdity of all forms and conventions, this comic masterpiece features an unforgettable cast of characters who, as critic Max Beerbohm observed, speak a kind of beautiful nonsense the language of high comedy, twisted into fantasy This collection also includes Oscar Wilde s most famous comedies Lady Windermere s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, as well as his poetic tragedy Salom all written between 1891 and 1895, Wilde s most creative period George Bernard Shaw said of Oscar Wilde that he is our most thorough playwright He plays with everything with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audience, with the whole theater.
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    • Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      Salome, the importance of being earnest and lady windermer,s fan, ‭‬Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)Salome (French: Salomé) is a tragedy by Oscar Wilde. The original 1891 version of the play was in French. Three years later an English translation was published. The play tells in one act the Biblical story of Salome, stepdaughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas, who, to her stepfather's dismay but to the delight of her mother Herodias, requests the head of Jokanaan (John the Baptist) on a silver plat [...]

    • Sketchbook says:

      "Prism, where is that baby?" demands the damndest dowager in theatre history in OWs farcical masterpiece. Feeling blue ? Reread this comedic milestone for the most preposterous merriment outside of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," with a bow to WS Gilbert and Sheridan. Wilde found his playwrighting voice just before The Fall. He turned unreal drawing-room nonsense into Art. Muffins, cucumber sandwiches, a handbag left at Victoria Station and a grande dame who burbles about train schedules : "We ha [...]

    • Luís C. says:

      "Vulgarity is what others do, not us."It should probably be born English to succeed in transforming a somewhat boulevardist plot in a humor anthology that raises a smile on almost every pageWe can not recommend tasting in entertainment as a tasty toasted muffin half coated with orange marmalade, especially as the language of this piece presents no particular difficulty.Would you like some more tea?Lisbon Book-Fair 2015.

    • Richard says:

      I used to be an inveterate playgoer (one year, 1989 I think, I saw 52 plays).The action and dialog on stage can be pretty quick. And if you're seeing a play that was written in another time for a different culture, that might be too quick to catch.For example, the first line of Lady Windermere's Fan is from a butler stepping up to the lady of the house and asking "Is your ladyship at home this afternoon?" Our modern minds would probably surmise from such a question that the butler is asking whet [...]

    • Casey says:

      So hilarious!There's this:“How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.""Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.""I say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances.”And This:“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up [...]

    • Marialyce says:

      Oscar Wilde is such joyous fun! He makes us look at ourselves in the most ironic and funny ways. Certainly he was a master of satire and in this play, he has presented the characters in what I have come to think of as the stiff British way. I loved that is poked a great deal of fun at the staid Victorian period. Mr Wilde himself was certainly everything else but staid and perhaps in thinking of him, we see a man born before his time.The play on the words "Earnest" is fun and yet its does point t [...]

    • Vishy says:

      I haven’t read a play in a while – I think the last play I read was ‘Homecoming’ by Harold Pinter a few years back. So, I decided to read a few plays this year. The first one I got hold of was ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde. I have always admired Oscar Wilde’s wit and humour and so I was really looking forward to reading his most famous play. I finished reading it a couple of days back. Here is what I think.What I think‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is abou [...]

    • Zan says:

      I wrote my masters thesis on Wilde's society plays so this text was something like my Bible for a year. Wilde's genius lays not just in his wit but also in his undermining of the social structure he wants so desperately to belong to even as he knows he never will. I think his first two society plays are underrated as I think some of his best drawing room twaddle occurs in A Woman of No Importance. A full act of nearly no action is absolute genius. Many brilliant lunatics. 3.3.11I just read Lady [...]

    • David says:

      Lady Windermere’s Fan: "Do you want answers?" "I think I'm entitled to it." "You want answers?" "I want the truth!" "You can’t handle the truth!" Switch and repeat.Salome: "They'll love it in Pomona." Mishima directed it in Japan!A Woman of No Importance: A bit preachy and hysterical.An Ideal Husband: "Do you want answers?" "I think I'm entitled to it." "You want answers?" "I want the truth!" "You can’t handle the truth! Oh, wait. It seems that you can." Switch and repeat.A Florentine Trag [...]

    • Yossor Jamal says:

      I am glad that sir Oscar lived up to his reputation

    • The Book Queen says:

      Witty, very intelligent, sharp and very funny: a wonderful collection. Absolute classic.

    • Lydia says:

      i'm gonna be real i read this whole book just waiting to know what part i was gonna play in an ideal husband ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • Veena Soujanya says:

      The first thing that came to my mind after reading the plays is "how did I not read them till now?". These are the most enchanting and beautiful plays by Oscar Wilde.The book had three plays. 1.Salom'eBased on a tale from New Testament, Salome is the story of an infamous woman who by her erotic "Dance of the Seven Veils", seduces her stepfather who promises anything she asks for.She wishes for the head of Jokanaan, a Prophet who rejected her love on a silver plate, as her gift. In spite of the K [...]

    • Genesis says:

      I really, really loved this.I wasn't sure I was going to like this but, damn, did Wilde prove me wrong.This was witty, sarcastic and such good writing.Liked all the three plays and plan to read some more written by​ him.*Also, thank you Oscar for allowing me to realize I am a confirmed Bunburyist and have naturally performed some Bunburying.

    • ariella says:

      (4.5) oscar wilde got mad jokes

    • Mitchell Hahn-Branson says:

      It breaks down like this:Lady Windermere's Fan: 3 starsAn Ideal Husband: 4 starsThe Importance of Being Earnest: 5 starsThat's the chronological order in which Wilde wrote them and the order in which I recommend reading them. It actually made me kind of giddy to read all three in just over a week and see how Wilde's playwriting improved by an order of magnitude with each play. Lady Windermere is a rather silly melodrama with some of Wilde's funniest lines lightly sprinkled throughout; An Ideal H [...]

    • RavenclawReadingRoom says:

      I have an undying adoration for The Importance of Being Earnest. It's the most fabulously ridiculous play, and I can't help but giggle every time I read it. It's hilarious from start to finish, from lines about handbags to Bunburying to aggressive muffin eating. Also, I always end up wanting muffins after I read this, and if it weren't absolutely pissing with rain right now, I would walk the three blocks to the supermarket to buy a packet of (English) muffins.The other plays compiled in this vol [...]

    • Denise says:

      Reading The Importance of Being Earnest for the Victorians! group.Finished The Importance of Being Earnest (loved it!) and putting it back on the to-read shelf until I read the others.Having read all the plays in this volume, Earnest is my favorite. Three of the other plays are also comedies. Lady Windermere's Fan and A Woman of No Importance both have a fallen woman theme and are a bit melodramatic, particularly the latter. There is a lesson here, as certain other characters, who start out a bi [...]

    • Oscar Gonzalez says:

      Este libro abarca las 4 obras más importantes de Wilde, o aparentemente, las que tuvieron mayor éxito. Habiéndolas leído, no puedo mas que desear verlas en teatro, pero eso resulta imposible en la práctica. Muchos diálogos ágiles, brillantes. Los personajes como Henry Wotton de El retrato de Dorian Gray se multiplican: hombres y mujeres con un enorme cinismo llenan con aforismos de fina ironía las escenas, siempre ambientadas en la aristocracia británica. Las primeras cuatro obras tiene [...]

    • Jenny says:

      The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere's Fan are fun and light reads, they made me smile and laugh out loud, and they were entertaining. I wish there was a little depth to Earnest, especially regarding the ending. It seemed trivial, and I know that it's a satire, but I couldn't get past the easily-fixed Shakespearean resolution. Salome, on the other hand, was a different read from Wilde. I've read Dorian Gray, short stories, plays, and essays, and Salome falls more in line with the [...]

    • Luis says:

      There are some great masterpieces on this compilation, all of them very endearing and vibrating with the Wilde charm. My personal favorites are the importance of being earnest, because of how complex and round and exaggerated the characters end up while being superficially the same, and the second to favorite is an ideal husband, which although not as famos is very clear on presenting the idiosyncrasy of his society. This edition has a lovely cover and very simple presentation of the texts, incl [...]

    • Mohammad Ali says:

      ترجمهترجمه ی متوسطیاست - حتی در جاهایی منطق حکم می کند که جمله باید برعکس باشند ( حتی طبق اواخر داستان عمه آگوستا در واقع خاله آگوستا است ).از بین سه نمایشنامهاهمیت ارنست بودن را به دلیل فضای طنرش دوست داشتموبادبزن خانم میندرمر را به دلیل جدیت و حتی تا حدی تراژیک بودنش . اما سالو [...]

    • Rea K says:

      I was bored one day over the summer and read the other plays in this book. We were only required to read The Importance of Being Earnest in English, but I read the other ones, which is unusual because I don't really read plays. I plan to reread this some day. Oh, my very own Ernest, you're in a box somewhere. I really don't know where.

    • kelly says:

      Whoa. I didn’t realize the original versions would be so politically incorrect. Same sharp, shocking wit as ever, though. ("Salome" is the only odd outlier I couldn't get into--no traces of the familiar Wilde there.) I’m pretty sure I would totally have fallen for Oscar if I’d known him.

    • Elaina says:

      This was fun reading plays. I think the last time I read a play was in Junior High School students in drama class. My favorite was The Importance of Being Earnest. love the book and the movie.

    • Sophie (The Uneducated Reader) says:

      I'll be dipping in out of this one whenever it takes my fancy.

    • Rhys says:

      A collection of five plays from the master of sardonic wit. 'The Importance of Being Earnest' is an absolute classic, sparkling, delightful, fast-paced, utterly superficial and yet at the same time it contains hints of a mind open to social revolution; in its own way it is heading towards subversion, to the darker ironies of writers such as Saki. The influence of fin de siècle French farce on this play is also unmistakable and yet there is something different about Wilde. Plot is never his main [...]

    • Paolina says:

      So I read Earnest again. Second time in a month. Absolutely love it, of course, though I think it is better performed rather than read. Also the footnotes in this particular version aren't terribly informative.

    • Mikaela says:

      I never usually enjoy the books we read in school, but The Importance of Being Earnest was so awesome. Wilde's satirical humour was so fun to read and it was just so witty. The sarcasm, inverse of reality, and puns were all so great. I was confused with characters at some points so thats why it didn't reach five stars, but you get accustomed to the characters and their double lives very quickly. I had such a clear image in my mind of all the characters and the setting. Overall, I thought this wa [...]

    • Cori says:

      Because our October book club is going to be a retreat where we will discuss all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy, we decided to go for something light and airy for September. We chose The Importance of Being Earnest, with the option to not read it at all and just come to book club and enjoy the movie version while eating a selection of British food — cottage pie, scones, cucumber sandwiches (“not available, even for ready money”) tea, etc. The movie version (staring Colin Firth, Ru [...]

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