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Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest + Lady Windermere's Fan 1893 Rare
London: Two rare actor's edition playscripts published by Samuel French c1893. Numbers 1 and 2 in "The Dramatic Works of Oscar Wilde". Front cover price One shilling and Sixpence. The Importance of Being Earnest: Bound using staples, the cover is detached from the block, but intact. The cover is faded and marked and shows wear with minor tears to spine and creases. The text has pencil markings throughout. Copyright October 1893 on title page, otherwise undated. Lady Windermere's Fan: Bound using staples, cover intact and attached, but faded and marked, undated. Pages clean. When and where was The Importance of Being Earnest first staged? As explained above the cast list, Earnest was first staged in London, 'at the St. James's Theatre, on Thursday, February 14th, 1895'. As the play's farcical plot is structured around the conventions of society marriages, Valentine's Day must have seemed an appropriate date. It was Wilde's second social comedy playing in London at the time: An Ideal Husband had opened at the Haymarket Theatre on 3 January. Who worked with Wilde on the play? For Earnest, Wilde returned to work with George Alexander, with whom he had worked on the highly successful Lady Windermere's Fan in 1892 , though not for An Ideal Husband (1895), which was played at the Haymarket Theatre. As he had with the 1892 play, Alexander made pointed editorial interventions, including reducing the play from four acts to three. As it shows on the cast list, Alexander was also an actor, and played the role of 'John Worthing, J. P. [Justice of the Peace] (of the Manor House, Hertford … [Click Below for Full Description]
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