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

Author:

Oscar Wilde

Publisher:

E-Kitap Projesi & Cheapest Books

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Publisher

E-Kitap Projesi & Cheapest Books

Publication Year 1895
ISBN-13

9786057876928

ISBN-10 605787692X
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 124 Pages
Language (English)
Weight (grms) 145
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born at 21 Westland Row, Dublin (now home of the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College), the second of three children born to Sir William Wilde and Jane Wilde, two years behind William (\"Willie\"). Wilde\'s mother was of Italian descent,[1] and under the pseudonym \"Speranza\" (the Italian word for \'hope\'), wrote poetry for the revolutionary Young Irelanders in 1848 and was a lifelong Irish nationalist.[2] She read the Young Irelanders\' poetry to Oscar and Willie, inculcating a love of these poets in her sons.[3] Lady Wilde\'s interest in the neo-classical revival showed in the paintings and busts of ancient Greece and Rome in her home.[3] William Wilde was Ireland\'s leading oto-ophthalmologic (ear and eye) surgeon and was knighted in 1864 for his services as medical adviser and assistant commissioner to the censuses of Ireland.[4] He also wrote books about Irish archaeology and peasant folklore. A renowned philanthropist, his dispensary for the care of the city\'s poor at the rear of Trinity College, Dublin, was the forerunner of the Dublin Eye and Ear Hospital, now located at Adelaide Road.[4] On his father\'s side Wilde was descended from a Dutchman, Colonel de Wilde, who went to Ireland with King William of Orange\'s invading army in 1690. On his mother\'s side Wilde\'s ancestors included a bricklayer from County Durham who emigrated to Ireland sometime in the 1770s.[5][6]
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