The Importance of Being Earnest Paperback
by Oscar Wilde
Edited by Professor Russell Jackson
Part of the New Mermaids series
'A Trivial Comedy for Serious People': its subtitle is the best summary of a play that is the theatrical equivalent of a butterfly.
The verbal brilliance of its highly self-conscious characters hides deep anxieties about social and personal identity: Jack Worthing, found as a baby in a handbag at Victoria Station and named after a railway ticket, is prepared to be re-christened to obtain the Christian name - Earnest - his beloved Gwendolen requires in a husband; he then has to confront the stigma of being the illegitimate child of a servant, before fortune, and a benevolent dramatist, reveal his true and entirely respectable identity.
This is the only one-volume edition of the play to include an appendix with earlier versions and additional scenes that allow an appreciation of Wilde's creative process.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, c 5 photographs/line drawings
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 28/04/1988
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9780713630404