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Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most popular play today, enduring thanks to its easy humor, witty dialog, and clever satire. It was also one of his more successful plays, despite its first run being prematurely ended after only 86 performances. The main characters pretend to be other people in order to escape social obligations, with the resulting confusion of identities driving the plot and the humor behind it.
Earnest also holds the sad distinction of being Wilde’s last published play. A feud with an aristocrat whose son was Wilde’s lover led to a court case revealing Wilde as a homosexual — a crime in those days, and punishable by imprisonment with hard labor.
78 printed pages
Have you already read it? How did you like it?


  • Dariashared an impression6 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    I thought it will be boring, but it’s not. Every speech is a quote. Fantastic!

  • kayladpope05shared an impressionlast month
    👍Worth reading

    Love this book, it’s SO funny!

  • arrow1535161montegoshared an impression2 months ago

    Earnest is quite a character in this book, and Oscar wilde wrote his part great. For during the era of 20th century London many people were highly drawn into contempt against their own will power. The authors great longitude-latitude style of writing gave an understanding of what it's like being around Breshaw city, or townsmen.


  • Nadya Yurinovahas quoted9 years ago
    I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
  • NEEONhas quoted7 years ago
    girls never marry the men they flirt with
  • Aphridon18has quoted2 years ago

    I hope to­mor­row will be a fine day, Lane.


    It never is, sir.


    Lane, you’re a per­fect pess­im­ist.
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