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What the community says about The Importance of Being Earnest
- "the poor review is for the edition and not the material. Avoid this Smith and Brown edition. As with many plays that are old enough to be in the public domain, there are numerous editions, some better than others. In fact, anyone with a Xerox machine can make their own edition of this play, and this is pretty close to that. This is the worst edition I have ever seen of a script. The formatting is ponderous and poorly done. Character names are barely differentiated from the text that they speak; Stage directions are often buried in the text with little to differentiate them. In addition, the text goes so close to the edges that one sometime needs to break open the binding just to read it. There is not introduction, no annotations, nothing of interest to make up for the fact that this edition is annoying to read. If this were the only edition available, that'd be one thing, but there are so many options. I went to a bookstore and picked up this edition:"
- "Oscar Wilde has tricked himself with this story about The Importance of Being Earnest Only an elderly nursemaid and an old discarded bag can solve this puzzle. The story is about pretending and alter egos and making a mess of things. It shows us what happens when we play make believe as adults."
- "Oscar Wilde is a legendary poet and playwright, as evidenced in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the vital Irish books you'll find. I have read this multiple times over the years and continue to be amazed at Wilde's biting wit and brilliant use of language. For $5 there's no excuse to leave this out of your collection."
- "This is a classic humorous play from a famed playwright. This is often read in educational settings and even higher learning courses on the subject matter. Some other users do note that this particular edition is not the best, so I might look at other options, but this is a great book for my needs."
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- "Classic literature. I have taken a liking to the older books after I started watching Downtown Abby. This one is one of the better books I have read. I definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for some excellent writing."
- "This is a decent book to read, not necessary, but I did have to read it in high school. I think it gets you prepared for some more detailed writing, as well more detailed story telling and uses of literary devices. It's more of an example, than a great peace of literature. Read it if you want to read some common hallmarks of current books. "