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Oscar Wilde

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Author

Oscar Wilde

First Performed

1895

Type

Play

Genre

Comedy

About the Title

The title The Importance of Being Earnest is a pun: this play is about people who learn what it means to be earnest, and it is also about a young man named Ernest. Wilde originally gave the play the subtitle "A Serious Comedy for Trivial People" but changed it to "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People." He explained, "We should treat all trivial things very seriously."

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