Importance of Being Earnest

Version: Unabridged
Author: Richard Bruce Wright
Narrator: Ensemble Cast
Genres: Drama
Publisher: Highbridge Classics
Published In: March 2002
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours
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Overview

Known as one of the greatest comedies written in English, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest attacks Victorian manners and morals in what can only be described as the most maliciously delicious way. A witty satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, Wilde pulls the strings on his cast of late-Victorian characters making them appear, first and foremost, exactly as they are-superficial, upper class Englishmen bound and cinched by an artificial code of manners.Jack Worthington has invented a rakish brother, Ernest, who calls Jack away from family duties and gives him an excuse to travel to London. Similarly, Algernon Moncrieff has created the persona of Bunbury, an invalid friend, who periodically requires his services in the country. Both young men cleverly use their invented alter egos to disguise their misdemeanors until Jack discovers that Algernon has been impersonating Ernest, to woo Jack's young ward, Cicely. To make things just a bit more complicated, Algernon's cousin Gwendolyn loves Jack, but thinks Jack's name is Ernest. This enduring comedy of manners rises on a farcical crescendo until true identities are revealed and both couples end up happily united.This full-cast reading coaxes every nuance of pretension, self-importance, and double entendre from Wilde's lines.

Reviews (1)

A Silly Story

Written by Jason Bailey on October 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is done in the classic radio drama style with several actors used. It seems well done. I found the story to be entirely silly...more "Whose on First" than "Portrait of Dorian Gray," but it helped me pass the time.

Author Details

Author Details

Wilde, Oscar

Born in Ireland in 1856, Oscar Wilde was a noted essayist, playwright, fairy tale writer and poet, as well as an early leader of the Aesthetic Movement. His plays include: "An Ideal Husband, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, " and "Lady Windermere's Fan." Among his best known stories are "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Canterville Ghost".