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The Importance of Being Earnest

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Description: The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. 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 personae 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. Some contemporary reviews praised the play's humour and the culmination of Wilde's artistic career, while others were cautious about its lac ... (more)
Manufacturer: Dover Publications
Release date: 1 July 1990
ISBN-10 : 0486264785 | ISBN-13: 9780486264783
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"This play is an absolute RIOT! Quotes: In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing. Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. "

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