By Oscar Wilde
This quantity comprises every little thing Wilde wrote in dramatic form.
Wilde's masterpiece the significance of Being Earnest is outlined right here in its ordinary three-act shape, yet with an appendix containing the simplest fabric from the unique four-act model. additionally incorporated are his 3 'problem plays', girl Windermere's Fan, a girl of No significance and an excellent Husband, in addition to his once-banned Salome and a number of other little-known yet interesting dramas. H. Montgomery Hyde, an said professional on Wilde and writer of numerous books on him, presents an advent to Wilde's existence and paintings with detailed awareness to the composition and function of the plays.
"Wilde is to me our basically thorough playwright. He performs with every thing: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audiences, with the entire theatre" (George Bernard Shaw)
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LORD DARLINGTON A short pause. LADY WINDERMERE. Lord Darlington, you annoyed me last night at the Foreign Office. I am afraid you are going to annoy me again. LORD DARLINGTON. I, Lady Windermere? , with tray and tea things. LADY WINDERMERE. Put it there, Parker. That will do. ) Won’t you come over, Lord Darlington? Exit PARKER C. ). I am quite miserable, Lady Windermere. You must tell me what I did. ) LORD DARLINGTON LADY WINDERMERE. Well, you kept paying me elaborate compliments the whole evening.
Wyndham agreed subject to one condition, that Wilde should write another play for him before writing another for Alexander. This condition was quite acceptable to Alexander. But there was a further difficulty. As originally written The Importance of Being Earnest consisted of four fairly lengthy Acts, which Alexander considered would make the whole too long, if the play was to be preceded by a ‘curtain raiser’, the short piece which was customary in those days. In the result Wilde agreed to condense the play into three Acts, scrapping some of the dialogue and cutting a whole scene with a new character, a solicitor named Gribsby, which was one of Wilde’s wittiest efforts.
Besides, there is this to be said. If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism. LORD DARLINGTON LADY WINDERMERE. Don’t you want the world to take you seriously then, Lord Darlington? LORD DARLINGTON. No, not the world. Who are the people the world takes seriously? All the dull people one can think of, from the Bishops down to the bores. I should like you to take me very seriously, Lady Windermere, you more than any one else in life.