Throwback Thursday – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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Renee began Throwback Thursday at Its Book Talk as a way to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books that she wants to read that were published over a year ago. Books that were published over a year ago are almost always easier to find at libraries or at a discounted sale price. As I have been sifting through my TBR list and purging those books that no longer hold my interest, I came across several from years past that I’d love to share with you!

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Title: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Published: 1895

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.17

Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.

Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gewndolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

We are going way back in our throwback today with my beloved Oscar Wilde. I feel like I have done him a disservice because, while I have read A Picture of Dorian Grey on multiple occasions, I have not read through the entirety of this play. Hopefully I remedy that mistake soon. Wilde’s works are witty and entertaining and will go down as some of the most influential literature in history.

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817846Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.

As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of “gross indecency” with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty. (from Goodreads)

“Oh! I don’t think I would like to catch a sensible man. I shouldn’t know what to talk to him about.” 

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3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

  1. Fab choice! I love the scene where Cecily and Gwendolen manage to be unbelievably bitchy to each other whilst maintaining the nicest manners on the surface. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend the original B/W film version starring Michael Redgrave, Dorothy Tutin et al.

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