The Importance of Being Earnest
A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde
A play first performed in 1895, first published in 1899.
In a satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, two men court two young ladies, who favor the name Earnest.
THE PERSONS IN THE PLAY
John Worthing, J.P.
Rev. Canon CHASUBLE, D.D.
Hon. GWENDOLEN Fairfax
MISS PRISM, Governess
THE SCENES OF THE PLAY
ACT I. ALGERNON Moncrieff’s Flat in Half-Moon Street, W.
ACT II. The Garden at the Manor House, Woolton.
ACT III. Drawing-Room at the Manor House, Woolton.
TIME: The Present.
PORTRAIT: Oscar Wilde by Napoleon Sarony (c. 1882).
CITATION INFORMATION (in MLA format): Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest. Gleeditions, 17 Apr. 2011, www.gleeditions.com/theimportanceofbeingearnest/students/toc.asp?lid=203. Originally published as The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, 7th ed., Methuen, 1915.