Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
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When Oscar Wilde's 'trivial comedy for serious people' opened in London on St Valentine's Day 1895, it was an instant success. Three months later, its author was in prison and the play would not be performed again until 1909. This edition includes the original, unrevised text, profusely annotated and illustrated with photographs of the first production. Setting the work in its historical context, it provides a wealth of detail about the acting and staging practices of the time.