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The importance of being earnest

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Known as one of the greatest comedies written in English, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest attacks Victorian manners and morals in what can only be described as the most maliciously delicious way. A witty satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, Wilde pulls the strings on his cast of late-Victorian characters making them appear, first and foremost, exactly as they are--superficial, upper class Englishmen bound and cinched by an artificial code of manners. Jack Worthington has invented a rakish brother, Ernest, who calls Jack away from family duties and gives him an excuse to travel to London. Similarly, Algernon Moncrieff has created the persona of Bunbury, an invalid friend, who periodically requires his services in the country. Both young men cleverly use their invented alter egos to disguise their misdemeanors until Jack discovers that Algernon has been impersonating Ernest, to woo Jack's young ward, Cicely. To make things just a bit more complicated, Algernon's cousin Gwendolyn loves Jack, but thinks Jack's name is Ernest. This enduring comedy of manners rises on a farcical crescendo until true identities are revealed and both couples end up happily united. This full-cast reading coaxes every nuance of pretension, self-importance, and double entendre from Wilde's lines.
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9780486264783
9781580815895
9781421851686
9789626343425
9780914061113
9781598956382
9781598872545
9781576466506
9781580495806
9781580815901
9781616376901
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Full title importance of being earnest
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Last Update 2018-05-27 15:15:07PM
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author Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
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series Audio theatre, Dover thrift editions, HighBridge classics, Prestwick House literary touchstone classics
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Comedies, Comedy radio programs, Courtship -- Drama, Duty, England -- Drama, England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Drama, English drama (Comedy), English drama -- 19th century, Foundlings -- Drama, Identity (Psychology) -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- Drama, Mistaken identity -- Drama, PLAYAWAY, Radio adaptations, Radio plays, Responsibility, Wilde, Oscar, -- 1854-1900. -- Importance of being earnest
title_display The importance of being earnest
title_full Importance of being Earnest [Playaway] / Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900., The importance of being Earnest [Playaway] / Oscar Wilde, The importance of being Earnest [electronic resource] / Oscar Wilde, The importance of being earnest / Oscar Wilde, The importance of being earnest [electronic resource] / Oscar Wilde, The importance of being earnest [sound recording] / Oscar Wilde
title_short The importance of being earnest
title_sub
topic_facet Audiobooks, Classic Literature, Courtship, Drama, Duty, English drama, English drama (Comedy), Fiction, Foundlings, Identity (Psychology), Man-woman relationships, Mistaken identity, Radio adaptations, Radio plays, Responsibility, Social life and customs, Wilde, Oscar