The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.

Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack's ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack's country home on the same weekend the "rivals" to fight for Ernest's undivided attention and the "Ernests" to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader's notes to help the modern reader appreciate Wilde's wry wit and elaborate plot twists.

Title:The Importance of Being Earnest
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781580495806
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  • Sean Barrs

    “We live in an age of ideals” Wilde is a genius. This play is genius. What a penetrating critique of high Victorian society this becomes; but rather than being a dull argument or essay, it take...

  • Trevor

    When I was quite young – I guess, if you were of a mind to, you might say it was a generation ago – I was listening to a radio program and for some reason they decided to do the handbag scene from...

  • Emily May

    “If you are not too long, I will wait for you all my life.”Ah, Mr Wilde can always be counted on to make me laugh, to poke fun at the ridiculousness of human behaviour, to tell a story that is bot...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    This 1895 play about mistaken and hidden identities is my favorite by Oscar Wilde. One of the wittiest plays ever!Algernon is visited in his town home by his friend Ernest, who intends to propose to A...

  • Ashwood (?? ??).

    Hilarious and entertaining read, the wit and sarcasm in this book was outta this world🙃👌🏻...

  • Henry Avila

    Algernon (Algy) Moncrieff, is being visited, by his enigmatic friend, Ernest Worthing, that is "Ernest" in town and Jack (John), in the country. It's a long story, but we have time, Mr.Worthing, likes...

  • Cecily

    If you try to take this literally, it is ludicrous, so don’t. It is a delicately crafted confection of spun sugar: sweet but sharp, beautiful, brittle, and engineered to amuse. “An iridescent fila...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. The play's major themes are the triviality with which it trea...

  • Bionic Jean

    Every line in The Importance of Being Earnest is an absolute gem. Remember these?“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.” “I never travel with...

  • Brina

    I read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde as part of classics bingo to satisfy my satire square. Educated at Oxford in the late 19th century, Wilde was a product of strict upper class Brit...