The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Importance of Being Earnest is a satirical play by Oscar Wilde. It tells the story of John Worthing, who pretends to have a brother named Earnest as part of an alter ego, and AlgernonMoncrieff, who pretends to be Earnest.

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  • Yan Fu
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "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:"
    Billy Phillips
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I loved this book but I needed a box of Book. It is so well written. The author pulled me into his world. I was so caught up in the story"
  • Beatriz Ávila
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "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."
  • David Reid
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "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."
  • Teresa Sandoval
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I kept hearing about this book, so I finally sat down and read it. I don't see what the big deal is, it's pretty standard to me. Maybe it was earth-shattering when it was released."
  • Jeffrey Carpenter
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "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."
    Ramón Hurtado
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I enjoyed The Importance of Being Earnest. Kept me laughing."
  • Christian Hoffman
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is some classic comedy. Even though its public domain, it is nice getting this from an official publisher. Especially if you prefer the feel of a real book over electronic ones. "
    Andy Zhu
    Written on April 24, 2018
  • Diana Walker
    Written on April 23, 2018
    " The Importance of Being Earnest is one of Oscar Wildes best plays and if you love that the book you will enjoy also light heartened and easy to follow"
  • Rosa María Alvarado
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I think this is a wonderful play. It is worth reading for its biting satirical wit. But it is probably best enjoyed when performed on stage."
  • Jeffrey Tucker
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This was funny! The writing is sharp and witty, the characters are relatable but humorous, and the plot just had me laughing in suspense. Great read!"
  • Andrea Ford
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Very nice book."
  • Brenda Williams
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "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."
    Benjamin Greene
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Satire at its finest. Fans of the genre will love this and even if you're not a fan you should give this a read."
  • Gilberto Alvarado
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This appears to actually be a book by Oscar Wilde who based on my information is not a British or Irish author and is instead a French author. For this reason I would say this is not a good solution for what I was looking for. "
  • Ralph Martinez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "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. "

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