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#DailyBookQuote 20Mar14 : Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

#DailyBookQuote : 20th March 2014

Oscar Wilde

–          Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – Nov 30, 1900)

–          The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde’s 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.

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