The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays (Paperback)

By Oscar Wilde, Terrence McNally (Introduction by)
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About the Author


Oscar Wilde was a Victorian-era British author and playwright. In his youth, Wilde became attached to the Aesthetic Movement, which emphasized the appreciation of the aesthetic value of cultural creations above social or political purposes, and this philosophy influenced his work throughout his career. The themes of art and beauty are particularly present in his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, , and in his two most popular dramatic works, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. A quarrel with the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred, resulted in Wilde's arrest and imprisonment for gross indecency. Wilde died in 1900, penniless and in exile, as a result of cerebral meningitis contracted while in prison.

Terrence McNally is the author of a dozen one-acts and over thirty full-length plays. He has been honored with four Tony Awards for "Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class", and "Ragtime" four Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards, and an Emmy.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812967142
ISBN-10: 0812967143
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: June 8th, 2004
Pages: 288
Language: English