Importance of Being Earnest (Paperback)

By Oscar Wilde 
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0143426982
EAN: 9780143426981
No. of Pages: 80
Publish Date: 2016-11-01
Binding: Paperback
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About the Book

'I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time.'It is 1890's England and two young gentlemen are being somewhat limited with the truth. Mr Jack Worthing has invented a wicked brother, Ernest, as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind and pursue the object of his desire, the ravishing Gwendolyn. Across town, Jack's friend Mr Algernon Montecrieff decides to take the name Ernest when visiting Worthing's young ward, Cecily. Confusion ensues when the two men end up together and their deceptions are in danger of being revealed.In a brilliant expose of social follies, Oscar Wilde has written the most delightful, timeless comedy of them all.

About the Author

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Playwright, poet, essayist, and wit, he is now as famous for his flamboyant lifestyle and epigrams as for his plays, poems and fiction.Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in 1854 in Dublin. His father was the eminent surgeon Sir William Wilde and his mother a literary hostess who was also known as a writer under her pen name 'Speranza'. Studying classics first at Trinity College in Dublin before going on to Magdalen College, Oxford, Wilde proved to be a brilliant scholar, winning the Newdigate Prize for his poem 'Ravenna'. While at Oxford his flamboyant appearance and conspicuous espousal of aestheticism - art for art's sake - attracted great attention, much of it hostile. With his talent, wit, charm and instinct for publicity, Wilde soon became a familiar name in the literary world, as much for his conversational skills as for his writing. His first collection, Poems, was published in 1881 shortly before he embarked on a one-year lecture tour of North America. Arriving in New York, Wilde is recorded as saying, 'I have nothing to declare but my genius' - one of the many epigrams attributed to him. After his marriage to Constance Lloyd in 1884 he published several books of stories for children, originally written for his own sons. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime appeared shortly before his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891). After 1890 Wilde had increasing success on stage with his shrewd and sparkling comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895) and his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Wilde's play, Salome, written in French, was refused a licence in London but was performed in Paris in 1896 and later adapted as an opera by Richard Strauss. Translated by Wilde's close friend Lord Alfred Douglas ('Bosie'), it appeared for publication in England with illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley. Douglas's father, the Marquess of Queensberry, strongly disapproved of his son's friendship with the notorious playwright, and after he publicly insulted Wilde a quarrel ensued which eventually led to Wilde's imprisonment in 1895 for homosexual offences. He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment with hard labour, which left him on his release in 1897 bankrupt and weakened. Relying on the generosity of friends, he went to live in France, adopting the name of Sebastian Melmoth. While here he wrote his famous poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Wilde died in exile in France in 1900. Letters he had written to Lord Alfred while in prison were published in 1905 under the tide De Profundis.

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Title: Importance of Being Earnest
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Author: Oscar Wilde
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0143426982
EAN: 9780143426981
No. of Pages: 80
Publish Date: 2016-11-01
Binding: Paperback


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