The Importance of Being Earnest shows a full measure of Oscar Wilde's legendary wit, and embodies more than any of his other plays, his decency and warmth. This edition contains substantial excerpts from the original four-act version which was never produed, as well as the full test of the final three-act version, selections from Wilde's correspondence, and commentary by George Bernard Shaw, Max Beerbohm, St. John Hankin, and James Agate.
About the Author
Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1856. In the years following his graduation from Oxford in 1878 he published poems and stories which included "The Picture of Dorian Gray". "Lady Windermere's Fan" was produced in 1892, "A Woman of No Importance" in 1893 and "An Ideal Husband" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" in 1895. Later work included "De Profundis" and "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". He died in 1900.