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Suggestions for Further Reading

Bloom, Harold. Oscar Wilde. New York: Chelsea House, 1985.

Ellmann, Richard. Oscar Wilde. New York: Knopf, 1987.

Ericksen, Donald H. Oscar Wilde. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1977.

Freedman, Jonathan, ed. Oscar Wilde, A Collection of Critical Essays. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1996.

Gagnier, Regenia. Idylls of the Marketplace, Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Public. Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, 1986.

Pearce, Joseph. The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde. London: HarperCollins UK, 2001.

Ransome, Arthur. Oscar Wilde, A Critical Study. London: Martin Secker, 1912.

Raby, Peter. Oscar Wilde. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

———, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

———, ed. The Importance of Being Earnest: A Reader's Companion. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995.

Siebold, Thomas. Readings on The Importance of Being Earnest. San Diego, California: Greenhaven Press, 2001.

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Evaluate Importance of Being Earnest as a comedy.

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Oscar Wilde is an incredibly funny and witty writer. His humor in The Importance of Being Earnest relies on creating absurd situations and characters whose lack of insight causes them to respond to these situations in inappropriate ways.

Earnest is also a satire because it makes fun of its characters – most of whom are members of the aristocratic class. Think about how proud Lady Bracknell is, ... Read more


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