The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays (Paperback)

By Oscar Wilde, Terrence McNally (Introduction by)
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Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives. Jack invents an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull country home and gallavant in town. Meanwhile, Algernon follows Jack's scam, but his imaginary friend, Bumbury, provides a convenient method of adventuring in the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. Hailed as the first modern comedy in England, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is Wilde's most famous work. This collection also features two other plays that Wilde penned earlier in his career, LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN and AN IDEAL HUSBAND, that also display his ability to convey warmth and wit through his hilarious characters and their outlandish situations.

About the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish-born poet, dramatist, and novelist. His works include collections of fairy stories; the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray; and many brilliantly witty plays, including what is often considered to be his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Terrence McNally is the author of a dozen one-acts and over thirty full-length plays. He has been honored with four Tony Awards for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class, and Ragtime four Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards, and an Emmy.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812967142
ISBN-10: 0812967143
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: June 8th, 2004
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)