The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He graduated from Oxford University in 1878 with a reputation as a brilliant scholar and quickly dazzled London society with his wit and his flamboyant dress. His first literary successes came in the 1880s with his lecture tour of America and the publication of his fairy tales. These were followed by five highly polis...more
Lady Bracknell. [Pencil and note-book in hand.] I feel bound to tell you that you are not down on my list of eligible young men, although I h
I never expected it too be so funny, and I read it. Plays are so very rarely funny - I mean laugh out loud funny - when you read them, but this one was.
Oscar Wilde is an excellent writer (wow, who knew?) and I'll definitely be more active in reading his stuff. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Though I suspect he might have written this whole thing just so he co...more
E Oscar Wilde che fa, quindi? Scrive una commedia teatrale per prendere un po' in giro i suoi contemporanei. Con la loro mania dell'etichetta, del trovare il giusto consorte per i propri figli, e tutte le fissazioni superficiali degli inglesi dell'Ottocento. Con tanto di thé bevuto con molto garbo, ma quello non poteva mancare.
Io non impazzisco per Wilde, che diciamocelo, è uno degli autori "classici" più in voga, specie a scuola. Lo l...more
The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty and to someone else if she is plain.
To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
In married life, three is company, and two is none.
I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything o...more
Some savouring quotes inculde:
"To lose one parent may be regard...more
Here is a quote in a truly Wildean spirit, one of those sayings that Umberto Eco called “aforismi cancrizzabili” (how the heck do you translate this in English?); in other words, a reversible aphorism (and you seem to be able to reverse it all right: “In matters of grave importance, sincerity, not style is the vital thing”), a second-hand aphorism somehow, since the interest for “jeu de mots” outmatches the need to express...more
Narrated by James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, Neil Dickson, Jill Gascoine, Christopher Neame, Matthew Wolf
I had managed to avoid reading Oscar Wilde for over twenty years but I cannot resist freebies, and when Audible offered this one, naturally I grabbed it. Oh, okay. I listened to the sample AND THEN, I grabbed it. It was hard not to. The sample was so much fun! I had not realized how funny "The Importance of Being Earnest" was. I would have read it so much sooner. I'm not...more
In a few words, it's a very delightful play and it has plenty of funny\clever scenes. Oscar was re...more
After rereading Mr. Oscar Wilde's "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People" I have learned that The Importance of Being Earnest is sorely needed to be written in modern times. We as a society need another satire to point out the problems in our lovely system, just as Wilde (and others, such as Voltaire) have done in their times.
Now, before I get on a soapbox...
I really don't...more
In other works, when characters are impossi...more
We watched the 2002 version of The Importance of Being...more
I loved reading this book while waiting in line for the Toronto Film Festival movies to start..... I have so many nuggets from my recent indulgence of Oscar Wilde's witty, fun, original, and rhythmical play, "The Importance of Being Earnest".
Every phrase and expression is a thought worth enjoying and applying to our life today. The play on words, the glittering conversation, the unexpected turn o...more
Not to say that this is a bad play. Not once did I find myself bursting out laughing spontaneously at Wilde's random comic wit. When one cons...more
This is a satire, an attempt to poke fun at himself and his culture. Wilde jabs and jokes fro...more
Frankly speakng, I'm not a fan of Oscar Wilde's works but this very play is really good. In fact it was the first book by this author which I don't regret having read. I laughed all the time while reading it, I can't actually remember any other book which made me laugh so much except only Three men in a Boat by Jerome. K. Jerome. The humour is not only in the words but in the mere situations, especially in the last act. Here are some quotations that i really like:
"To speak frankly, I am not in...more