The Importance of Being Earnest Novel
Witty and buoyant comedy of manners is brilliantly plotted from its effervescent first act to its hilarious denouement, and filled with some of literature's most famous epigrams. Widely considered Wilde's most perfect work, the play is reprinted here from an authoritative early British edition. Note to the Dover Edition. Wilde’s most popular play is considered his wittiest and finest comedy. The play’s subtitle, “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” hints at its clever wordplay, ingenious epigrams, and sly British humor. It is a story of multiple mistaken identities—both deliberate and unintentional- and what ultimately becomes a hilarious exercise in keeping everyone’s name and pseudonym straight. First performed in 1895, it has enduring appeal as dramatic literature and in live theatrical performance. This edition includes an appendix with Wilde’s earlier versions of the play and deleted scenes that illustrate Wilde’s creative process.