The Importance of Being Earnest: Two Young Gentlemen Living in 1890s England Use the Same Pseudonym (Ernest) on the Sly, Which Is Fine Until They Both Fall in Love with Women Using That Name, Which Leads to a Comedy of Mistaken Identities.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Two Young Gentlemen Living in 1890s England Use the Same Pseudonym (Ernest) on the Sly, Which Is Fine Until They Both Fall in Love with Women Using That Name, Which Leads to a Comedy of Mistaken Identities.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781983644931

Published: January 8th 2018

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 James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack's ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack's country home on the same weekend the "rivals" to fight for Ernest's undivided attention and the "Ernests" to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!