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The Importance of Being Earnest

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Publisher Comments:

Known as one of the greatest comedies written in English, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest attacks Victorian manners and morals in what can only be described as the most maliciously delicious way. A witty satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, Wilde pulls the strings on his cast of late-Victorian characters making them appear, first and foremost, exactly as they are--superficial, upper class Englishmen bound and cinched by an artificial code of manners.

Jack Worthington has invented a rakish brother, Ernest, who calls Jack away from family duties and gives him an excuse to travel to London. Similarly, Algernon Moncrieff has created the persona of Bunbury, an invalid friend, who periodically requires his services in the country. Both young men cleverly use their invented alter egos to disguise their misdemeanors until Jack discovers that Algernon has been impersonating Ernest, to woo Jack's young ward, Cicely. To make things just a bit more complicated, Algernon's cousin Gwendolyn loves Jack, but thinks Jack's name is Ernest. This enduring comedy of manners rises on a farcical crescendo until true identities are revealed and both couples end up happily united.

This full-cast reading coaxes every nuance of pretension, self-importance, and double entendre from Wilde's lines.

Synopsis:

Known as being one of the greatest comedies ever written, Wilde's story attacks Victorian manners and morals in a most malicious, and delicious, way. Miramax will release a major motion picture starring Rupert Everett in June 2002. Unabridged full-movie cast reading.Unabridged full-movie cast reading. 2 CDs.

About the Author

OSCAR WILDE was born in Dublin in 1854.He went to Trinity College, Dublin and then to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he began to propagandize the new Aesthetic (or 'Art for Art's Sake') Movement. Despite the success of his works, Wilde's private life lead to an eventual downfall in his popularity and circumstance.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565116771
performance:
Full-cast performance.
Publisher:
Highbridge Classics
Performed by:
Cast, Ensemble
Performed:
Cast, Ensemble
Author:
Wright, Richard Bruce
Author:
Cast, Ensemble
Author:
Wilde, Oscar
Location:
St. Paul, Minn.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
English drama
Subject:
Audiocassettes
Subject:
England
Subject:
British & Irish
Subject:
War
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Edition Description:
; 2 Hours on 2
Series:
HighBridge classics
Series Volume:
107-363
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
2
Dimensions:
6.26x5.76x.39 in. .21 lbs.
Media Run Time:
120

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"Synopsis" by , Known as being one of the greatest comedies ever written, Wilde's story attacks Victorian manners and morals in a most malicious, and delicious, way. Miramax will release a major motion picture starring Rupert Everett in June 2002. Unabridged full-movie cast reading.Unabridged full-movie cast reading. 2 CDs.
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