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A selection of Oscar Wilde's best and most important plays - sharp, relevant and brilliant to this day

Who would have thought a comedy of manners written more than a hundred years ago would still be so apt and so funny? Oscar Wilde was a genius of play-writing, and his deftness, wit and sharp eye for social satire keep audiences in thrall to this day. Alongside Earnest, discover a biblical tragedy retold, Lady Windemere and her infamous fan and Wilde's take on an ideal husband, in this selection of Wilde's most important plays.


[The Importance of Being Earnest] has a strong claim to being the most perfect comedy in the English language

Daily Telegraph

[The Importance of Being Earnest] remains a thing of inimitable brains and beauty; the sharpest of social satires, wrapped in the most perfect of gossamer-light romantic comedies


Oscar Wilde's masterpiece about political chicanery, fraud, blackmail and the hypocrisy of public figures retains an alarming currency

Express (on An Ideal Husband)

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 19, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    384 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook


    July 7, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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    • Amazon Kindle
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    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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The Best of Oscar Wilde: Selected Plays and Writings
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The Happy Prince and Other Stories: Popular Penguins
The Decay Of Lying
The Canterville Ghost, The Happy Prince And Other Stories
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The Happy Prince & Other Stories
Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Mod Lib The Importance Of Being Earnest
Complete Short Fiction
The Soul Of Man Under Socialism And Selected Critical Prose
Mod Lib De Profundis
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
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Nothing...Except My Genius
The Happy Prince And Other Tales
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The Crucible
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The Little Prince: Popular Penguins
Mao's Last Dancer
Crime And Punishment
The Odyssey
The Odyssey
Frogs And Other Plays
Classical Comedy
Caligula & Other Plays
The Bacchae And Other Plays
Faust, Part I
Three Revenge Tragedies
Volpone & Other Plays
The Complete Plays