The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

  • Release Date: 2010-10-04
  • Genre: Fiction
Score: 4.5
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" The Importance of Being Earnest" is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation. From the play's effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthing's country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpiece keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.


  • Ridiculously funny

    By Avila Beach Bum
    I saw the play mini years ago, but this book was much funnier.
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  • The importance of being EARNEST

    By Marla Batsaikhan
    The importance of being earnest is written by well-known author Oscar Wilde whom we all in love with, and takes place in era which we call the Aristocracy generation in England. The scene starts with so-called orphan John Worthing visiting his aristocratic friend Algernon Moncrieff's house, and discovers himself being rejected by his future mother-in-law. In the next scene, Algernon discovers himself being rejected by his lover Cecily Cardew's guardian John. Neither of them might seem like they are neglected by their future in-laws however, the most not earnest action was that both of them used the name Ernest to attract their lovers. This lie brings about the issue of distrustfulness between Ernests and their lovers. The one and only issue I would like to comment on is that few scenes of this novel advertised that lying can lead to complexity ,which could bring happy ending, in some area. For example, had Jack not lied about his identity, he wouldn't have found his true nature. Then BOOM teenage readers like me get the general idea that lying can lead to some sort of good ending. Had I understood that lying is bad from this novel, I could have concluded the book as perfect. All in all, this novel perfectly displayed the human nature that all of us wants to hide. The nature that makes us lie sometimes. Personally, The importance of being Earnest is recommendable for teenage readers who are struggling to discover who they are like me. This novel might help you to see others from another angle.
  • What a great plot twist

    By Irbin2RAD
    Amazing plot twist!!! I love how it ends.
  • Title says it all

    By Jah Marvellous
    After this you will understand the importance of being earnest. Great Novel
  • Farce at it's best

    By Pauleyjax
    Wilde always has been the master of silly. Quite enjoyable.
  • Interesting but not too inspiring

    By JY$$
    Read the book because I've heard many people talk about it. It's well written and told a good story within 100 pages. I do like how Jack and Algernon are characterized. They are different in values but surprisingly similar in attitudes towards love. Brave and honest mostly. Both characters are charming. It revealed some of the ironic side of that time.
  • Amazing!!!

    By Mmmmmeeeeeeeeeee111222333
    This book is filled with twists! Overall I recommend it !
  • Hilarious Classic!

    By B.A.N.anas
    I loved this play! Every moment of reading was a delightful taste of fresh air.
  • On the importance of being timeless

    By Gabarbosa
    In a world that has traded intelligence for speed, Wilde is a safe harbour for those seeking the dry wits of humour in its true form: subliminar, indirect, sinuous. Every sentence is a pearl of sarcasm that mocks of human behavior at its core. Thats what makes it unquestionably a timeless read.