The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde
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It is a farce in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.
Contemporary reviews all praised the play’s humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social comment, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde’s artistic career to date.
Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.