From the play's effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthing's country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpiece keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment.
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.
* With numerous introductions by Robert Ross.
* With all the plays, fiction and non fiction work.
* With a very interesting and fairly large letters section.
* With a complete collection of biographies and memories about Oscar Wilde (by Frank Harris, Robert Sherard, Lord Alfred Douglas).
* Table of contents to every chapters in the book.
* -Complete and formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience.
Vera; or, the Nihilists (1880)
The Duchess of Padua (1883)
Salomé (French) (1892)
Salomé (Translation by Lord A. Douglas) (1893)
Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892)
A Woman of no Importance (1893)
An Ideal Husband (1894)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1894)
For love of the King (1894)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890, Serialised Version)
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories (1891)
Lord Arthur’s Savile Crime (1887)
The Canterville Ghost (1887)
The Sphinx without a Secret (1887)
The Model Millionnaire (1887)
The Happy Prince and Other Tale (1888)
The Happy Prince
The Nightingale and the Rose
The Selfish Giant
The Devoted Friend
The Remarkable Rocket
The Portrait of Mr. W. H. (1889)
A House of Pomegranates (1891)
The Young King (1888)
The Birthday of the Infanta (1889)
The Fisherman and his soul
Uncollected Poems (1876-93)
The Sphinx (1883)
The Ballad of the Reading Geol (1898)
PROSE NON FICTION
Poems in Prose (1893)
The Soul of Man (1891)
De Profundis (1897)
The Trial of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, his Life and Confessions vol. I. I, by F. Harris
Oscar Wilde, his Life and Confessions vol. II. I, by F. Harris
The Life of Oscar Wilde, by R. H. Sherard
The Real Oscar Wilde, by R. H. Sherard
The Story of an Unhappy Friendship, by R. H. Sherard
Oscar Wilde and Myself, by Lord A. Douglas
Some Fragments and Memories, by various people
Art and Morality
Oscar Wilde, A critical Study, by A. Ransome
Oscar Wilde, by L. C. Ingleby
Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the “best” houses while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating comedy, Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society’s narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.
The ebook also features an interview Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s only grandchild, and author of The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde.
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.
Includes scene-by-scene and word-for-word text and audio of L.A. Theatre Works’ full cast performance starring:
Martin Jarvis as Lord Illingworth
Peter Dennis as Sir John Pontefract
Jim Norton as Mr. Kelvil, M.P.
Robert Machray as The Ven. Archdeacon Daubeny, D.D.
Paul Gutrecht as Gerald Arbuthnot
Miriam Margolyes as Lady Hunstanton
Jane Carr as Lady Caroline Pontefract
Judy Geeson as Lady Stutfield
Cherie Lunghi as Mrs. Allonby and Alice
Samantha Mathis as Miss Hester Worsley
Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Arbuthnot.
Adapted by Martin Jarvis and directed by Michael Hackett for L.A. Theatre Works.
Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, a satire of Victorian social hypocrisy and considered Wilde’s greatest dramatic achievement, and his other popular plays—Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband, and Salome—challenged contemporary notions of sex and sensibility, class and cultural identity.
Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author’s personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship. Each book includes discussion questions that help clarify and reinforce major themes and reading recommendations for further research.
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SONNET TO LIBERTY
SONNET : ON THE MASSACRE OF THE CHRISTIANS IN BULGARIA
LIBERTATIS SACRA FAMES
THE GARDEN OF EROS
SONNET ON APPROACHING ITALY
AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA
SONNET : WRITTEN IN HOLY WEEK AT GENOA
URBS SACRA ÆTERNA
THE NEW HELEN
THE BURDEN OF ITYS
IMPRESSION DU MATIN
LA BELLA DONNA DELLA MIA MENTE
FLOWERS OF GOLD
THE GRAVE OF KEATS
IN THE GOLD ROOM
BALLADE DE MARGUERITE
THE DOLE OF THE KING’S DAUGHTER
IMPRESSION DE VOYAGE
THE GRAVE OF SHELLEY
BY THE ARNO
IMPRESSIONS DE THÉÂTRE
FABIEN DEI FRANCHI
WRITTEN AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE
THE FOURTH MOVEMENT
QUIA MULTUM AMAVI
FLOWER OF LOVE
UNCOLLECTED POEMS (1876-1893)
FROM SPRING DAYS TO WINTER
THE TRUE KNOWLEDGE
I LE JARDIN
II LA MER
UNDER THE BALCONY
ROSES AND RUE (1884)
THE HARLOT’S HOUSE
LE JARDIN DES TUILERIES
ON THE SALE BY AUCTION OF KEATS’ LOVE LETTERS
THE NEW REMORSE
I LE PANNEAU
II LES BALLONS
WITH A COPY OF ‘A HOUSE OF POMEGRANATES’ (1888)
SYMPHONY IN YELLOW
IN THE FOREST
TO MY WIFE (1893)
ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF AN UNPUBLISHED POEM.
FAC-SIMILE OF AN UNPUBLISHED POEM
CHORUS OF CLOUD MAIDENS
A FRAGMENT FROM THE AGAMEMNON OF JESCHYLOS
SEN ARTYSTY; OR, THE ARTIST’S DREAM
THE SPHINX (1883)
THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL (1897)
Edition bilingue / Bilingual Edition
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Salome (French: Salomé, pronounced: [salome]) is a tragedy by Oscar Wilde. The original 1891 version of the play was in French. Three years later an English translation was published. The play tells in one act the Biblical story of Salome, stepdaughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas, who, to her stepfather's dismay but to the delight of her mother Herodias, requests the head of Jokanaan (John the Baptist) on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the dance of the seven veils.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, that tells the story of a young man who becomes the object of an artists's infatuation.
Like other Broadview Editions, this edition includes a wide range of materials from the period that help to set the text in context. In particular, the editor locates the text both in relation to elements in the mainstream culture of the day (such as the aesthetes); and in relation to the gay subculture.
A DIALOGUE. Persons: Cyril and Vivian. Scene: the Library of a
country house in Nottinghamshire.
CYRIL (coming in through the open window from the terrace). My
dear Vivian, don't coop yourself up all day in the library. It is
a perfectly lovely afternoon. The air is exquisite. There is a
mist upon the woods, like the purple bloom upon a plum. Let us go
and lie on the grass and smoke cigarettes and enjoy Nature.
VIVIAN. Enjoy Nature! I am glad to say that I have entirely lost
that faculty. People tell us that Art makes us love Nature more
than we loved her before; that it reveals her secrets to us; and
that after a careful study of Corot and Constable we see things in
her that had escaped our observation. My own experience is that
the more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. What Art
really reveals to us is Nature's lack of design, her curious
crudities, her extraordinary monotony, her absolutely unfinished
condition. Nature has good intentions, of course, but, as
Aristotle once said, she cannot carry them out. When I look at a
landscape I cannot help seeing all its defects. It is fortunate
for us, however, that Nature is so imperfect, as otherwise we
should have no art at all. Art is our spirited protest, our
gallant attempt to teach Nature her proper place. As for the
infinite variety of Nature, that is a pure myth. It is not to be
found in Nature herself. It resides in the imagination, or fancy,
or cultivated blindness of the man who looks at her.
CYRIL. Well, you need not look at the landscape. You can lie on
the grass and smoke and talk.
VIVIAN. But Nature is so uncomfortable. Grass is hard and lumpy
and damp, and full of dreadful black insects. Why, even Morris's
poorest workman could make you a more comfortable seat than the
whole of Nature can. Nature pales before the furniture of 'the
street which from Oxford has borrowed its name,' as the poet you
love so much once vilely phrased it. I don't complain. If Nature
had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented
architecture, and I prefer houses to the open air. In a house we
all feel of the proper proportions. Everything is subordinated to
us, fashioned for our use and our pleasure. Egotism itself, which
is so necessary to a proper sense of human dignity, is entirely the
result of indoor life. Out of doors one becomes abstract and
impersonal. One's individuality absolutely leaves one. And then
Nature is so indifferent, so unappreciative. Whenever I am walking
in the park here, I always feel that I am no more to her than the
cattle that browse on the slope, or the burdock that blooms in the
ditch. Nothing is more evident than that Nature hates Mind.
Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die
of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in
England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid
physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity. I
only hope we shall be able to keep this great historic bulwark of
our happiness for many years to come; but I am afraid that we are
beginning to be over-educated; at least everybody who is incapable
of learning has taken to teaching - that is really what our
enthusiasm for education has come to. In the meantime, you had
better go back to your wearisome uncomfortable Nature, and leave me
to correct my proofs.