Oscar Wilde: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (Cambridge Literature) Paperback – 6 May 1999
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Comes as close to perfection as any comedy I can think of. --Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
The BBC radio drama centenary production of Oscar Wilde's classic play, starring Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles and Martin Clunes
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Wilde believed in art for art's own sake, which explains why he emphasized beauty while his contemporaries were dealing with the problems of industrial England. "The Importance of Being Earnest" is set among the upper class, making fun of their excesses and absurdities while imbuing them with witty banter providing a constant stream of epigrams. The play's situation is simple in its unraveling complexity. Algernon Moncrieff is an upper-class English bachelor who is visited by his friend Jack Worthing, who is known as "Ernest." Jack has come to town to propose to Gwendolen Fairfax, the daugher of the imposing Lady Bracknell and Algy's first cousin. Jack has a ward named Cecily who lives in the country while Algernon has an imaginary friend named "Bunbury" whom he uses as an excuse to get out of social engagements.
Jack proposes to Gwendolen but has two problems. First, Gwendolen is wiling to agree because his name is Ernest, a name that "seems to inspire absolute confidence," but which, of course, is not his true Christian name.Read more ›
This particular recording features a strong cast, with Jeremy Clyde, Richard Pasco and Prunella Scales taking the main parts.
It is also the first broadcast of the original four-act version of the play. The extra dialogue is not often met with in most modern productions.
It is ideal for listening to while doing a long, boring job, (such as the ironing!). And I am sure it will give equal pleasure, whether the listener is already familiar with the play, or whether it comes as an entirely new experience.
It remains a tragedy that the author of such a delicious light comedy should have met with such a disastrous fall from grace.
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I remember reading this play when I was in year 8 in secondary school. A great play, amusing and pathetic in places, but yet another timeless classic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Amazon
Had to read this for one of my uni modules and I was really surprised! I thought that it would be hard to grasp but it's really easy to understand. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Heather Louise
Clear, big text, came quick and great for using and writing notes in (using it from my Drama GCSE)Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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