The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By Oscar Wilde (Author), Kenneth Krauss (Introduction), Kenneth Krauss (Introduction and notes)


Format Paperback


The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

by Oscar Wilde, Kenneth Krauss, Kenneth Krauss



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  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&R&&L/B&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LSTRONG&&ROscar Wilde&&L/B&&R’s legendary wit dazzles in &&LI&&RThe Importance of Being Earnest&&L/I&&R, one of the greatest and most popular works of drama to emerge from Victorian England. A light-hearted satire of the absurdity of all forms and conventions, this comic masterpiece features an unforgettable cast of characters who, as critic Max Beerbohm observed, “speak a kind of beautiful nonsense—the language of high comedy, twisted into fantasy.” &&L/DIV&&R&&LP&&RThis collection also includes Oscar Wilde’s most famous comedies, &&LI&&RLady Windermere’s Fan&&L/I&&R, &&LI&&RA Woman of No Importance&&L/I&&R, and &&LI&&RAn Ideal Husband&&L/I&&R, as well as his poetic tragedy &&LI&&RSalomé&&L/I&&R—all written between 1891 and 1895, Wilde’s most creative period. George Bernard Shaw said of Oscar Wilde that he is “our most thorough playwright. He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audience, with the whole theater.” &&L/P&&R&&LP&&R&&LB&&RKenneth Krauss&&L/B&&R received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He teaches drama at the College of Saint Rose, where he also directs and produces. His most recent book is &&LI&&RThe Drama of Fallen France&&L/I&&R, on French theater under the German Occupation. &&L/P&&R

Pub Date: 12/1/2003

ISBN: 9781593080594

Price: $9.95 / $11.95 CAN

Format: Paperback

Pages: 416 pages

Trim: 5.188 x 8 x 1.04 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Literature & Fiction / Barnes & Noble Classics

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics

Series: Barnes & Noble Classics