The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde .. In , three years before Wilde wrote the play, John Gambril Nicholson had published the book of pederastic poetry Love in Earnest. The Importance of Being Earnest adalah sebuah lakon karya Oscar Wilde, berjenis komedi, Algernon yang tinggal di London kedatangan temannya Ernest yang tinggal di desa. The Importance of Being Earnest - Audio Book on LibriVox. The Importance of Being Earnest book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identi. .

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The Importance of. Being Earnest Oh! by the way, Lane, I see from your book that on Thursday night ACT in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Read the complete published text of The Importance of Being Earnest here. Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in Considered one of the.

Walkley admired the play and was one of few to see it as the culmination of Wilde's dramatic career.

He denied the term "farce" was derogatory, or even lacking in seriousness, and said "It is of nonsense all compact, and better nonsense, I think, our stage has not seen. Wells , in an unsigned review for The Pall Mall Gazette , called Earnest one of the freshest comedies of the year, saying "More humorous dealing with theatrical conventions it would be difficult to imagine.

No doubt seriously. Auden later[ when?

Tapping's company toured Earnest between October and March their performance at the Theatre Royal, Limerick, in the last week of October was almost certainly the first production of the play in Ireland. Elsie Lanham's company also toured 'Earnest' between November and April Alexander presented another revival of Earnest at the St James's in , when he and Aynesworth reprised their original roles; [36] the revival ran for performances.

Matthews succeeded the creators as Jack and Algy.

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde

It was not until the s that the case for s costumes was established; as a critic in The Manchester Guardian put it, "Thirty years on, one begins to feel that Wilde should be done in the costume of his period—that his wit today needs the backing of the atmosphere that gave it life and truth. The Times considered the production the best since the original, and praised it for its fidelity to Wilde's conception, its "airy, responsive ball-playing quality.

During a season at the Haymarket the King and Queen attended a performance, [44] which, as the journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft put it, gave the play "a final accolade of respectability. A revival was directed by Michael Fentiman for the Vaudeville Theatre , London, as part of a season of four Wilde plays produced by Dominic Dromgoole. The production received largely negative press reviews.

Ernest has come from the country to propose to Algernon's cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. Algernon refuses to consent until Ernest explains why his cigarette case bears the inscription, "From little Cecily, with her fondest love to her dear Uncle Jack.

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In the country, he assumes a serious attitude for the benefit of his young ward , the heiress Cecily Cardew, and goes by the name of John or Jack , while pretending that he must worry about a wastrel younger brother named Ernest in London. In the city, meanwhile, he assumes the identity of the libertine Ernest. However, this seemingly frivolous play has a much darker side. Its critique of Victorian society--though delivered in a velvet glove--is every inch an iron fist.

The play is a satire both of the hypocrisies of the society in which Wilde lived, and the damaging effect that these hypocrisies can have on the souls of those live under their rule. Wilde was to become one of those souls shortly after the first performance of the play when he initiated a libel trial that was to lead to his imprisonment for being a homosexual.

However, in order to escape the drudgery of his highly conservative lifestyle, he has created an alter-ego, Ernest, who has all kinds of reprobate fun in London. Jack says he often has to visit his poor brother Ernest, which gives him his opportunity to escape his boring life and have fun with his good friend, Algernon.

Jack makes a clean breast of his life, including the fact that he has a young and attractive ward by the name of Cecily Cardew back on his estate in Gloucestershire.

Algernon, despite his better judgment, also confesses to Cecily that his name is not Ernest either. Yes, but you have been christened. That is the important thing. Quite so.

So I know my constitution can stand it. If you are not quite sure about your ever having been christened, I must say I think it rather dangerous your venturing on it now.

It might make you very unwell. You can hardly have forgotten that someone very closely connected with you was very nearly carried off this week in Paris Men should be more careful; this very celibacy leads weaker vessels astray.

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But is a man not equally attractive when married? No married man is ever attractive except to his wife.

And often, I've been told, not even to her. That depends on the intellectual sympathies of the woman. Maturity can always be depended The butter would probably get on my cuffs.

One should always eat muffins quite calmly.So the woman are awfully touched and forgive them everything. The men have to decide how to act next but their consultation between one another brings nothing but nonsense.

Oh, he was quite exploded. The first lines of the play are as follows: Come, dear, we have already missed five, if not six, trains. The characters have some rather hilarious notions as to what is right and what is wrong. Enabled Enhanced Typesetting:

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