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The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Lady Windermere's Fan & Salome & More

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Lady Windermere's Fan & Salome & More $18.99

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Oscar Wilde

Published by Penguin

The plays in this Collection are ...

Lady Windermeres Fan
Salome
A Woman of No Importance

An Ideal Husband
A Florentine Tragedy

'To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness'

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Manners and morality are also victims of Wilde's sharp wit in Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband, in which snobbery and hypocrisy are laid bare. In Salomé and A Florentine Tragedy, Wilde makes powerful use of historical settings to explore the complex relationship between sex and power. The range of these plays displays Wilde's delight in artifice, masks and disguises, and reveal the pretensions of the social world in which he himself played such a dazzlingly and precarious part

Richard Allen Cave's introduction and notes discuss the themes of the plays and Wilde's innovative methods of staging. This edition includes the excised 'Gribsby' scene from The Importance of Being Earnest

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