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The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Vintage Classics


384 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95)

Publication Date: October 2017

ISBN 9781784871529

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Oct 2017)
Vintage Classics

Price: $14.95


With additional plays "Lady Windemere's Fan," "Salomè," "A Woman of No Importance," and "An Ideal Husband"

Who would have thought a comedy of manners written more than 100 years ago would still be so apt and so funny? Oscar Wilde was a genius of play-writing, and his deftness, wit and sharp eye for social satire keep audiences in thrall to this day. Alongside Earnest, discover a biblical tragedy retold, Lady Windemere and her infamous fan and Wilde's take on an ideal husband, in this selection of Wilde's most important plays.


"[The Importance of Being Earnest] has a strong claim to being the most perfect comedy in the English language." —Daily Telegraph

"[The Importance of Being Earnest] remains a thing of inimitable brains and beauty; the sharpest of social satires, wrapped in the most perfect of gossamer-light romantic comedies." —Scotsman

"Oscar Wilde's masterpiece about political chicanery, fraud, blackmail and the hypocrisy of public figures retains an alarming currency." —Express on An Ideal Husband

Author Biography

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was an influential figure within the Aesthetic Movement. He is best known for his barbed wit and his highly successful plays.