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The Importance of Being Earnest: And Other Plays
By Oscar Wilde and Terrence McNally (introduced by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Modern Library
Publication date June 1, 2004
Pages 257
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780812967142
ISBN-10 0812967143
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.48 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $10.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a farce, playing with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives. Jack invents an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull country home and gallavant in town. Meanwhile, Algernon follows Jack's scam, but his imaginary friend, Bumbury, provides a convenient method of adventuring in the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. Hailed as the first modern comedy in England, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is Wilde's most famous work. This collection also features two other plays that Wilde penned earlier in his career, LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN and AN IDEAL HUSBAND, that also display his ability to convey warmth and wit through his hilarious characters and their outlandish situations.

Editions
Hardcover
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With Oscar Wilde | from Collectors Library (March 21, 2017); titled "The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays"
9781509827848 | details & prices | 472 pages | List price $12.99
This edition also contains The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays, The Importance of Being Earnest: And Other Plays
About: Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautifully bound pocket-sized gift editions of much loved classic titles.
from Buccaneer Books (June 1, 1988); titled "Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays"
9780899665757 | details & prices | List price $21.95
About: This series presents students with a library of outstanding plays, many of which are otherwise unobtainable, or available only in out-of-date or unannotated editions.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780140436068 Book cover for 9780192834447 Book cover for 9780451525055 Book cover for 9780787112950 Book cover for 9780812967142 Book cover for 9781416500421
 
With Alyssa Harad | from Pocket Classics (July 26, 2005)
9781416500421 | details & prices | 378 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.42 lbs | List price $4.95
About: Each volume in a collection of affordable, readable editions of some of the world's greatest works of literature features a chronology of the author's life and career, a concise introduction containing valuable background information, a timeline of significant events, an outline of key plot points and themes, detailed explanatory notes, critical analyses, discussion questions, and a list of recommended books and films.
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With Terrence McNally (other contributor) | from Modern Library (June 1, 2004); titled "The Importance of Being Earnest: And Other Plays"
9780812967142 | details & prices | 257 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.48 lbs | List price $10.95
About: Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895.
With Richard Allen Cave (other contributor) | from Penguin Classics (March 1, 2001)
9780140436068 | details & prices | 431 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $12.00
About: Algernon pretends to be Jack's troublesome younger brother, in Wilde's satirical assault on nineteenth-century fashions, manners, and morality.
With Peter Raby (other contributor) | from Oxford Univ Pr (October 22, 1998)
9780192834447 | details & prices | 368 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $10.95
About: Oscar Wilde was already one of the best-known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre.
from Newstar Pr (February 1, 1997)
9780787112950 | details & prices | List price $6.95
About: A Woman of No Importance, for all its charm, exposes an aristocratic world that is smug, snobbish and morally bankrupt.
With Sylvan Barnet | Reissue edition from Signet Classic (November 1, 1988)
9780451525055 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $4.95
About: Presents the three classic plays 'Salome,' 'Lady Windermere's Fan,' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
With Matt Doeden, Richard Bihler (other contributor) | from Viking Pr (June 1, 1986)
9780140482096 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $8.95
This edition also contains Air Show Jets
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (November 1, 1988)
9780606018784 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $13.40
About: Presents the three classic plays 'Salome,' 'Lady Windermere's Fan,' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
Prebinding
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With Sylvan Barnet (other contributor) | from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780808510000 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $14.70
About: Presents the three classic plays 'Salome,' 'Lady Windermere's Fan,' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

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