The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

  • Release Date : 2010-10-04
  • Genre : Fiction
  • FIle Size : 1.13 MB
Score: 4.5
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The Importance of Being Earnest " The Importance of Being Earnest" is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation. From the play's effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthing's country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpiece keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.


  • An everlastingly accurate work of social commentary.

    By guv360
    Lady Bracknell is society, then and now.
  • Humorous, well written

    By soloyo151
    A true classic, full of odd humour and wonderfully written.
  • The importance of being Earnest

    By Andy Logan
    Took about an hour and half to read. Thoroughly enjoyed throughout as it continually uses humour and also allows you to wonder what will happen next.
  • One of the classics of the English Language

    By wizPeters
    A truly great play, witty, unexpected and a joy to see/read, Wilde at his brilliant best
  • The Importance of being Earnest

    By Jujayxxx
    So lovely to slip back into another era, a time forgotten (thank goodness ) but still remarkably witty and a little frivolous. I spent a delightful afternoon reading a well written if not dated account of coincidence and subterfuge, with all loose ends tied up beautifully.
  • Good, fun little read

    By Andyp85
    Funny and witty book, but perhaps a little dated these days. Proposals of marriage between people who had barely met each other, which were immediately accepted, came across as a bit simplistic. Fun little twist with the name Earnest, but the end was easy to predict. I would say read and make your own opinion because many people clearly love this book, but its not going to be one of my all time favourites.
  • In earnest...

    By Bunni85
    I absolutely adore this charming read. Oscar Wilde is witty, and brilliant in this timeless story. He is the reason I continue to read the works of classic authors, so I can only hope to find more precious gems. Read on, pick up other works, including the Picture of Dorian Grey!
  • Hilarious!

    By Joe Broadbent
    I can't believe that I am only just reading this at 23 years old! A brilliant read, I found myself laughing out loud on the bus to work.
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    By Dana-Joanne
    In this novella, a most complex account of one man's unknown history is ultimately revealed after a tumult of events, misfortunes and lies. Alas, it is a truly spectacular tale, outlining a humorous and enthralling revelation of the protagonist, the young Mr Ernest Worthing, and his long mislaid past.
  • Brilliant

    By Robjp
    One of the funniest, cleverest and greatest things I have ever read. Mind you I'm only 16 but this was outstanding. Could have been longer but that just shows that I wanted it to last longer.