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Essential collection of Oscar Wilde's best plays: Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome and an Ideal Husband.

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ISBN 9781847497956
Published 5 August 2019 by Alma Books Ltd
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wilde, Oscar
Availability Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781847497956
ISBN-10 1847497950
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Alma Books Ltd
Imprint Alma Classics
Publication Date 5 August 2019
International Publication Date 9 July 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wilde, Oscar
Category Drama Texts, Plays
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Drama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 822.8
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Essential collection of Oscar Wilde's best plays: Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome and an Ideal Husband. Between 1892 and 1895, Oscar Wilde's drawing-room comedies Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest made his name as a playwright who fearlessly mocked the hypocrisy and snobbery of Victorian society and took gleeful delight in appearing to trivialize its most sacred institutions. With its premiere on Valentine's Day 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest - a hilarious comedy of mistaken identities and coruscating language - was a phenomenal success, but its run was cut short prematurely by Wilde's court case and subsequent incarceration, and the play was not published until 1899, after Wilde had been released from prison. Also including the powerful Salome, originally written in French and banned by the British censor, this collection displays Wilde at his provocative and witty best, and demonstrates why he was a playwright who delighted audiences and infuriated critics in equal measure.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Reading and rereading Wilde throughout the years, I noticed something that his panegyrists had not, it seems, suspected: namely the verifiable, elementary fact that Wilde was virtually always right. -- Jorge Luis Borges
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Famed for his brilliant wit, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was a prolific writer and one of the most successful playwrights of Victorian Britain, as well as a champion for the values of Aestheticism.

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