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Presents information related to the life and times of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), an Irish poet. Includes biographical details, photographs, and the text of letters written by Wilde. Offers access to a randomly generated Wilde quotation. Provides a bibliography.
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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.

This carefully crafted ebook is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents of the complete works of Oscar Wilde, containing more than 150 works. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams and plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment which was followed by his early death. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a licence. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. At the height of his fame and success, while his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was still on stage in London, Wilde had the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, prosecuted for libel, a charge carrying a penalty of up to two years in prison. The trial unearthed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with other men. After two more trials he was convicted and imprisoned for two years' hard labour. In 1897, in prison, he wrote De Profundis which was published in 1905, a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. Upon his release he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of forty-six. Content: The Plays: VERA, THE DUCHESS OF PADUA, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN, A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, SALOMÉ, SALOME (English Version), AN IDEAL HUSBAND, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. The Poetry: more than 100 poems. The Novel: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, including THE REVISED 20 CHAPTER VERSION. The Short Stories: THE PORTRAIT OF MR. W. H., THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES, A HOUSE OF POMEGRANATES, LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME AND OTHER STORIES. The Non-Fiction: THE DECAY OF LYING, PEN, PENCIL AND POISON — A STUDY IN GREEN, THE CRITIC AS ARTIST, THE TRUTH OF MASKS, THE RISE OF HISTORICAL CRITICISM, THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE OF ART, HOUSE DECORATION, ART AND THE HANDICRAFTSMAN, LECTURE TO ART STUDENTS, LONDON MODELS, POEMS IN PROSE, THE SOUL OF MAN UNDER SOCIALISM, PHRASES AND PHILOSOPHIES FOR THE USE OF THE YOUNG, A FEW MAXIMS FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF THE OVER-EDUCATED, DE PROFUNDIS, OSCAR WILDE’S LETTER TO ROBERT BROWNING, PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA, THE DECORATIVE ARTS, THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, THE TRUTH OF MASKS. The Journalism: A HANDBOOK TO MARRIAGE, A RIDE THROUGH MOROCCO, ARISTOTLE AT AFTERNOON TEA, BALZAC IN ENGLISH, DINNERS AND DISHES, HAMLET AT THE LYCEUM, LONDON MODELS, MR MORRIS ON TAPESTRY, MR WHISTLER’S TEN O’CLOCK, MRS LANGTRY AS HESTER GRAZEBROOK, OLIVIA AT THE LYCEUM, THE AMERICAN INVASION, TWO BIOGRAPHIES OF KEATS, TWO LETTERS TO THE DAILY CHRONICLE, WOMAN’S DRESS. Apocrypha: TELENY.
This Complete Works of Oscar Wilde is a truly complete and authoritative single-volume edition of Oscar Wilde’s works. It contains his only novel, 'The Portrait of Dorian Gray', as well as his plays, stories, poems, essays and letters, all in their most authoritative texts. For easier navigation, there are tables of contents for each section and one for the whole volume.

This ebook contains his complete works in a new, easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate format. With this beautiful Collectible Edition, you can enjoy Wilde's enduring literary legacy again and again.

This collection features the following works:

Novel : The Picture of Dorian Gray

Short Stories :

1. The Birthday of the Infanta

2. The Canterville Ghost

3. The Devoted Friend

4. The Fisherman and His Soul

5. The Happy Prince

6. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

7. The Model Millionaire

8. The Nightingale and the Rose

9. The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

10. The Remarkable Rocket

11. The Selfish Giant

12. The Sphinx without a Secret

13. The Star-Child

14. The Young King

Poetry :

1. The Ballad of Reading Gaol

2. Collection of Poems

3. Miscellaneous Poems

4. Poems in Prose

5. Ravenna

6. The Sphinx

Essays :

1. Art and the Handicraftsman

2. Children in Prison and Other Cruelties of Prison Life

3. The Critic as Artist

4. De Profundis

5. The Decay of Lying

6. The English Renaissance of Art

7. House Decoration

8. Impressions of America

9. Lecture to Art Students

10. London Models

11. Miscellaneous Aphorisms

12. Pen, Pencil and Poison

13. The Rise of Historical Criticism

14. Selected Prose

15. Shorter Prose Pieces

16. The Soul of Man

17. The Truth of Masks

Plays :

1. A Florentine Tragedy — A Fragment

2. A Woman of No Importance

3. An Ideal Husband

4. The Duchess of Padua

5. For Love of the King

6. The Importance of Being Earnest

7. La Sainte Courtisane or, the Woman Covered with Jewels

8. Lady Windermere’s Fan

9. Salomé

10. Vera, or the Nihilists

Non-Fiction :

A Critic in Pall Mall


(The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde, 9788180320200)

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