The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays Book

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2008-04-17
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191609053

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The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays Excerpt :

Oscar Wilde was already one of the best known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s and retain their power today. The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned for public performance by the English censor. His final dramatic triumph was his `trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest' arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English. Under the General Editorship of Dr Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Importance of Being Married Book
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The Importance of Being Married


  • Author : Gemma Townley
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2008-06-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345507198

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Jessica Wild isn’t big on commitment. But after inheriting millions from Grace, a sweet old lady she met in her grandmother’s nursing home, the situation seems to have changed. To put an end to the many questions about her nonexistent love life, Jess had led Grace to believe she had a boyfriend-turned-fiancé-turned-husband: her glamorous boss, Anthony Milton. But Jess’s fantasy to keep Grace happy has backfired–Grace has passed away and left her fortune not to Jessica Wild but to Mrs. Jessica Milton. Having weighed all legal options, Jess comes to the realization that there’s only one thing she can do: get Anthony to fall in love with her and pop the question for real. With help from her feisty best friend, Helen, Jess reluctantly learns the art of flirting, seduction, and playing hard to get. But just when it appears that Anthony is about to ask the (literal) million-dollar question, Jess finds herself wondering if it’s right to say “I do” for all the wrong reasons. The first novel in Gemma Townley’s exciting new Wild trilogy, The Importance of Being Married introduces an irresistible heroine caught up in a scheme that could change her life forever. “Gemma Townley writes with such charm and humor that it’s impossible not to get swept up in The Importance of Being Married. This sweet, funny novel takes on love and marriage from a whole new angle.” –Holly Peterson, author of The Manny “Is it really ‘Just as easy to marry for money’? Gemma Townley provides a how-to–as well as a hilarious and heartfelt answer. A fast-paced, fun read.” –Lynn Schnurnberger, co-author of The Men I Didn’t Marry “Warm, witty, and always entertaining, Gemma Townley leads us on a fun romp that pays homage to Mr. Wilde himself.” –Alexandra Potter, author of Me and Mr. Darcy

The Importance of Being Earnest Book
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The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : Prestwick House Inc
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 75
  • ISBN 10 : 158049580X

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The Importance of Being Earnest Excerpt :

This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader!=s notes to help the modern reader appreciate Wilde's wry wit and elaborate plot twists.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

The Importance of Being Rational Book

The Importance of Being Rational


  • Author : Errol Lord
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-24
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192546746

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The Importance of Being Rational systematically defends a novel reasons-based account of rationality. The book's central thesis is that what it is for one to be rational is to correctly respond to the normative reasons one possesses. Errol Lord defends novel views about what it is to possess reasons and what it is to correctly respond to reasons. He shows that these views not only help to support the book's main thesis, they also help to resolve several important problems that are independent of rationality. The account of possession provides novel contributions to debates about what determines what we ought to do, and the account of correctly responding to reasons provides novel contributions to debates about causal theories of reacting for reasons. After defending views about possession and correctly responding, Lord shows that the account of rationality can solve two difficult problems about rationality. The first is the New Evil Demon problem. The book argues that the account has the resources to show that internal duplicates necessarily have the same rational status. The second problem concerns the deontic significance of rationality. Recently it has been doubted whether we ought to be rational. The ultimate conclusion of the book is that the requirements of rationality are the requirements that we ultimately ought to comply with. If this is right, then rationality is of fundamental importance to our deliberative lives.

The Importance of Being Barbra Book

The Importance of Being Barbra


  • Author : Tom Santopietro
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2007-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 142990853X

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Controversial, a global icon, a diva among divas---Barbra Streisand, the last genuinely unique show business personality of the twentieth century is the most honored entertainer in the world today. But along with the Tony, two Oscars, six Emmys, eight Grammys, ten Golden Globes, fifty gold albums, and wild acclaim have come wildly diverse reactions to a personality as outsized as her talent. In the words of Streisand herself, "I'm a liberal, opinionated Jewish feminist---I push a lot of buttons." In Tom Santopietro's witty yet analytical look at this one-of-a-kind career, the myths and personal foibles are stripped away, and the focus lands squarely on the work. From the early recordings to the groundbreaking television specials, from the Hollywood blockbusters to the history-making comeback concerts, Streisand's career is placed within an oftentimes uniquely American social context but always allowed to speak for itself. In a brisk, funny, and always compelling style, The Importance of Being Barbra reveals all the milestones in a new and sometimes startling light, ranging from the brilliance of Funny Girl and The Broadway Album to the misbegotten yet curiously popular A Star Is Born. Treating Barbra Streisand like the serious artist she is---and has always claimed to be---The Importance of Being Barbra delves into the key reasons for her all-encompassing success: the overwhelming ambition, the notorious perfectionism, the fervent gay following, the dramatic pull of a voice and style that mysteriously connect with the lovelorn all around the world. A full-scale examination of the acting, singing, and directing that have ranged from the dazzling to the occasionally inexplicable---it's all here for anyone who has ever wondered at the phenomenon that is Barbra Streisand.

Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest Book

Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Author : Harold Bloom
  • Publisher : Infobase Learning
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438139982

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Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest Excerpt :

Provides a collection of critical essays on Wilde's comedic play "The Importance of Being Earnest" arranged in chronological order of publication.

The Importance of Being Ernie  Book
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The Importance of Being Ernie


  • Author : Barry Livingston
  • Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Release Date : 2011-05-26
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780806535258

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The Importance of Being Ernie Excerpt :

I SPENT MY ENTIRE LIFE PLAYING NERDS. . .—Barry Livingston A true Hollywood survivor, Barry Livingston is one of the few child stars who turned early success into a lifelong career. As "Ernie" on the 1960s sit-com My Three Sons—which also featured his real-life brother Stanley as "Chip"—Barry become instantly recognizable for his horn-rimmed glasses and goofy charm. Five decades later, after working on TV shows like Mad Men and Desperate Housewives, and in feature films like Zodiac and The Social Network, Barry Livingston is one actor who knows The Importance of Being Ernie. . . In this fascinating and funny memoir, Barry reveals his most unforgettable anecdotes: Working on set with Fred McMurray, Ozzie and Harriet, Lucille Ball and Dick Van Dyke. Riding a limousine with Elvis Presley. Trying to upstage Ron "Opie" Howard. Even shooting a Superbowl beer commercial with Brad Pitt. At first, Barry's lazy eye and horn-rimmed glasses nearly derailed his career, getting him kicked off his first major film starring Paul Newman. Eventually, his "nerdy" look became his biggest asset, landing Barry a recurring role on Ozzie & Harriet and a regular part on My Three Sons. Fifty years later, Barry is still going strong—from the stage and small screen to to featured film roles opposite Adam Sandler and Robert Downey, Jr.. Like most Hollywood actors, Barry experienced some incredible highs and lows along the way, but he never gave up. "I've been around half a century," he affirms. "And I'm not going away." This is how one child star beat the odds and survived the dark side of the Hollywood dream factory—with charm, wit, determination. . .and big horn-rimmed glasses. This is The Importance of Being Ernie. Barry Livingston has been a professional actor on stage and screen for more than fifty years. Best known for his role as "Ernie" on the long-running TV program, My Three Sons, Livingston continues to appear regularly in feature films and television shows. He is married w

The Importance of Being Lazy Book

The Importance of Being Lazy


  • Author : Al Gini
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2004-03-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135948931

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Drawing upon in-depth case studies of vacation habits and the observations of philosophers, writers, and sociologists such as Aristotle, Mark Twain and Thorstein Veblen, Al Gini argues why vacations are so venerated and why 'doing nothing' is a fundamental human necessity. From shopping sprees and extreme sports to the ultimate vacation - retirement - The Importance of Being lazy demonstrates that without true leisure, we are diminished as individuals and as a society.

The Importance of Being Earnest  with audio  Book

The Importance of Being Earnest with audio


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : L.A. Theatre Works
  • Release Date : 2012-04-24
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN 10 : 9781611239935

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The Importance of Being Earnest with audio Excerpt :

Enhanced ebook edition of The Importance of Being Earnest featuring a full cast audio performance of the play, starring James Marsters as Jack. This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, “that name which inspires absolute confidence.” Wilde’s effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language. The ebook also features an interview with director Michael Hackett, Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA and Chair of the Department of Theater. By merging text and audio, this is a perfect learning tool for enhancing comprehension and enjoyment. The text includes plot summaries of each scene, and it is highly recommended as a study aid for students, teachers, actors and directors. Widely read in high school and college, The Importance of Being Earnest is a text exemplar of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Includes scene-by-scene and word-for-word text and audio of L.A. Theatre Works’ full cast performance starring: James Marsters as Jack Charles Busch as Lady Bracknell Emily Bergl as Cecily Neil Dickson as Lane and Merriman Jill Gascoine as Miss Prism Christopher Neame as Chasuble Matthew Wolf as Algernon Sarah Zimmerman as Gwendolen. Directed by Michael Hackett for L.A. Theatre Works. Lead funding for this production, and its presentation as an enhanced ebook, is generously provided by The Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

The Importance of Being Book

The Importance of Being


  • Author : Christopher Felver
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Artists
  • Pages : 447
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106016822345

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The Importance of Being Understood Book

The Importance of Being Understood


  • Author : Adam Morton
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 0415272432

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Examining key concepts in moral philosophy, this book argues for an alternative to traditional accounts in contemporary philosophy of the power of folk psychology to explain our actions and beliefs.

The Importance of Being Earnest  World s Classics Series  Book

The Importance of Being Earnest World s Classics Series


  • Author : Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Release Date : 2019-12-18
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 53
  • ISBN 10 : EAN:4064066051891

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The Importance of Being Earnest World s Classics Series Excerpt :

The Importance of Being Earnest is the final play of Oscar Wilde, and it is considered his masterpiece. The play is a farcical comedy with the theme of switched identities: the play's two protagonists engage in "bunburying" (the maintenance of alternative personas in the town and country) which allows them to escape Victorian social mores. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major motives are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.

Being Me Being You Book

Being Me Being You


  • Author : Samuel Fleischacker
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226661896

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Modern notions of empathy often celebrate its ability to bridge divides, to unite humankind. But how do we square this with the popular view that we can never truly comprehend the experience of being someone else? In this book, Samuel Fleischacker delves into the work of Adam Smith to draw out an understanding of empathy that respects both personal difference and shared humanity. After laying out a range of meanings for the concept of empathy, Fleischacker proposes that what Smith called "sympathy" is very much what we today consider empathy. Smith's version has remarkable value, as his empathy calls for entering into the perspective of another--a uniquely human feat that connects people while still allowing them to define their own distinctive standpoints. After discussing Smith's views in relation to more recent empirical and philosophical studies, Fleischacker shows how turning back to Smith promises to enrich, clarify, and advance our current debates about the meaning and uses of empathy.

The Importance of Being Funny Book
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The Importance of Being Funny


  • Author : Al Gini
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2017-07-25
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442281776

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When E. B. White said “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies,” he hadn’t seen Al Gini’s hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes. For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a safety valve for dealing with reality that gives us the courage to endure that which we cannot understand or avoid. Not everyone tells jokes. Not everyone gets a joke, even a good one. But, Gini argues, joke-telling can act as both a sword and a shield to defend us from reality. As the late, great stand-up comic Joan Rivers put it: ‘If you can laugh at it, you can live with it!’ This book is for anyone who enjoys a good laugh, but also wants to know why.

The importance of being a reader  A revision of Oscar Wilde s works Book

The importance of being a reader A revision of Oscar Wilde s works


  • Author : Christina Pascual Aransáez
  • Publisher : Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)
  • Release Date : 2014-11
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN 10 : 9783954893133

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The importance of being a reader A revision of Oscar Wilde s works Excerpt :

This book explores Wilde's works from the hypothesis that they call upon the active participation of the reader in the production of meaning. It has a twofold objective: first, it shows that Wilde's emphasis on the creative role of the audience in his critical writings makes him conceive the reader as a co-creator in the construction of meaning. Second, it analyses the strategies which Wilde employs to impel the reader to collaborate in the creation of meaning of his literary works and casts light upon the social criticism derived from these. The examination of Wilde’s writings reveals how he gradually combined more sophisticated techniques that encouraged the reader's dynamic role with the progressive exploitation of self-advertising strategies for professional purposes. These allowed the ‘commercial’ Oscar to make his works successful among the Victorian public without betraying the ‘literary’ Wilde’s aesthetic principles. The present study re-evaluates Wilde as a critic and as a writer. It demonstrates that, while Wilde the ‘myth’ was ahead of his time in many ways, Wilde the ‘ARTIST’ anticipated in his aesthetic theory various themes which occupy contemporary literary theoreticians. Thus, it may contribute to give him the status he rightly deserves in the history of literature.