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标题; The Importance of Being Earnest

    来源; Contemporary Review. 288.1683 (Winter 2006): p538. From Literature

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    文章类型; Book review, Brief article

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    The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde. Michael Patrick Gillespie,

    editor. W.W. Norton. [pounds sterling]6.99 p.b. xii + 209 pages. ISBN 0-393-92753-9. In his Preface, Prof. Gillespie argues that the play is not just a 'charming and whimsical farce' but one with 'considerable insights on the human condition', in particular 'issues of class, gender, sexuality [and] identity'. Beneath the wit lie serious comments on life and mankind. (What would Oscar have said?) The text chosen is that published by Smithers in 1899 with a few silent corrections. In addition, the editor has included those portions of Acts II and III which Wilde removed when he reduced the play from four to three acts. As with all Norton Classic editions there is a section devoted to 'backgrounds', in this case London in the 1890s, Wilde and the theatre and the allegedly ephemeral nature of works such as Wilde's. The far longer section, that on Criticism, has the usual range of pieces from the 1890s to the present, including G.B. Shaw's typically splenetic attack. (It is reassuring to think that, centuries on, this play will be produced when Shaw's ponderous prose and boring plays have long been forgotten.) The explanation of Victorian English usages in modern American politically-correct speech can be amusing and the

    editor is not quite at home with titles: as the younger son of a Marquess, Lord Alfred can only be referred to as either Lord Alfred or Lord Alfred Douglas, not as 'Lord Douglas'. Perhaps the most interesting part of this volume is the section devoted to the 'Excised Portions of the Play'. (P.P.E.) 来源引文;

     288.1683 (2006): "The Importance of Being Earnest." Contemporary Review

    538. . Web. 18 Apr. 2011. Literature Resource Center

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