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The Plays of Oscar Wilde (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Oscar Wilde
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20 April 2000 Wordsworth Classics

This Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive Introduction and Notes by Anne Varty, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Oscar Wilde took London by storm with his first comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan. The combination of dazzling wit, subtle social criticism, sumptuous settings and the theme of a guilty secret proved a winner, both here and in his next three plays, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and his undisputed masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. This volume includes all Wilde's plays from his early tragedy Vera to the controversial Salome and the little known fragments, La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy. The edition affords a rare chance to see Wilde's best known work in the context of his entire dramatic output, and to appreciate plays which have hitherto received scant critical attention.

Wilde's plays have never failed to delight audiences and are a lasting testimony to their author's supreme wit and theatrical genius.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (20 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840224185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840224184
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.
His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.

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4.0 out of 5 stars lots of great plays 5 Nov 2010
By Jock
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They don't call them classics for any old reason. Most of the plays in here are full of wit and humour. I liked Ernest, a woman of no importance and Vera. The plays of Wilde are something everyone should read whether they have an interest or not, as was my case.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good buy and excellent value 2 Jun 2010
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Good buy at an excellent value. Before the plays there is an introduction giving some of the main details of Wilde's literary style and of the plays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the plays 8 April 2014
By Sandra
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Very reasonable price and Wilde's plays are simply incredible! Must buy! Favourites are the importance of being earnest and A woman of no importance, salome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for students 17 Aug 2013
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Economic, well presented, simply ideal for any English student at A level and Advanced Higher. Is a comprehensive and complete collection.
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