The importance of being earnest a trivial comedy for serious people is a play by oscar wilde first performed on 14 february 1895 at the st jamess theatre in london it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Oscar wilde fills this uproarious farce with delicious bon mots as two pairs of young lovers scramble to untangle their own web of lies and win the approval of the imperious lady bracknell earnest is a wildly entertaining trivial comedy for serious people that sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. Combining epigrammatic brilliance and shrewd social observation the works collected in oscar wildes the importance of being earnest and other plays are edited with an introduction commentaries and notes by richard allen cave in penguin classics to lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune . For the ladies are certain they could never be happy married to a man who was named something other the earnest but the lads matrimonial plans may be thwarted by jacks questionable lineage and the formidable lady bracknell who is the mother of his intended and algernons aunt. This play is very short and easy to read so there are absolutely no excuses although written over a century ago this witty play is a timeless classic that even modern readers will appreciate buy the importance of being earnest amazon book depository want a more profound analysis of wildes the importance of being earnest
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