The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays : "Lady Windermere's Fan", "Salome", "A Woman of No Importance", "An Ideal Husband", "The Importance of Being Earnest", Paperback

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays : "Lady Windermere's Fan", "Salome", "A Woman of No Importance", "An Ideal Husband", "The Importance of Being Earnest" Paperback

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Oscar Wilde was already one of the best known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s and retain their power today.

The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned for public performance by the English censor.

His final dramatic triumph was his 'trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest' arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English.

Under the General Editorship of Dr Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780199535972



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Wilde was something of a subversive...born in Ireland and bisexual, he saw life from the perspective of the outsider, the 'Other.' Consequently beneath the infectuous wit and sparkling dialogue, is the voice of dissent....against colonial British arrogance, against 'proper' Victorian high society, against conventional morality. Beneath the charming, rifined exterior of society's dashing darling, beneath the dissembling costumery, lay a brilliant intellect, a call to higher conscience, a wonded soul.....I find his work of my favorite authors!

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