The Importance of Being Earnest is a terrific play by Oscar Wilde. It stands the test of time. While it deals with Victorian society, it also hits on the universal truths about the lengths to which some men will go to avoid certain social obligations. It does so with humor and satire. The play was first performed in 1895, and the text here is from 1915.
About the Author
Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1854. He wrote essays, poetry, stories, plays, and one novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray). He was something of a celebrity, known for dressing flamboyantly. He had a biting wit, which made him eminently quotable. He died in 1900 at the age of forty-six.