The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest Summary

" 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.

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Strange but entertaining4 star

Strange to read a book in script form but it does lend to visualising the scene. Funny old time humour and quick story45


Witty and “Wilde”5 star

I never read any of Wilde’s works until this one. Delightful and full of hidden sarcasm. Need to read again and again to derive all of his hidden critiques of late 19th century society and Victorian age55


Classic!5 star

Witty and fun!55


Spectacular!5 star

Spectacular jolly fun from beginning to end!55


Everyone is Ernest5 star

I laughed so hard while reading this book! I had to read this book for an online class, and had no knowledge of its comedy. A whole joke on Victorian marriage lol🤣55


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Witty and Enjoyable5 star

I loved this story because it is just long enough to tell the story it’s supposed to tell without becoming boring. The characters all have witty lines and it makes the reading even more enjoyable.55


Very Funny!!!!5 star

It’s so short but what a great story! The wit of all of the characters and their underhanded, snide comments were so clever and unpredictable. I LOVE this story55

Shad the General

A fun revisit5 star

I had to read this ‘way back ‘ when I was 15 or so. I was delighted to find it in the free books and read it tonight before bed. I love this clever and witty play!55


The Importance of Being Ernest5 star

Excellent story, humorous. Characters interesting.55

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