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The Importance of Being Earnest.

A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.

Stock Code 112234

London, Leonard Smithers & Co., 1899

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One of 1000 copies. One of 1000 copies of Wilde's most celebrated play.

First performed on 14th February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest marked the zenith of Wilde's career, and followed on from the success of Lady Windermere's Fan, An Ideal Husband, and A Woman of No Importance. However, as his professional star rose, so did the escalation of his feud with Lord Queensberry, father of his lover Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie). Only four days after the opening of the play Lord Queensberry left his card at Wilde's club, scrawled with the words 'For Oscar Wilde posing somdomite' [sic]. Wilde, despite the advice of his friends but egged on by his lover, sued Queensberry for libel, and the rest his history. On 25th May, in the ensuing trial brought by the Crown, Wilde was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour.

First edition, limited issue, number 311 of 100 copies; small 4to; unmarked internally; publisher's lilac cloth, gilt design by Charles Shannon, mostly unopened, one sheet slightly rough at top from opening, cloth lightly soiled, endpapers a little browned as always, spine sunned, some wear to spine ends, lower corners bumped, else very good.

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The Importance of Being Earnest.

WILDE, Oscar.

Stock code: 112234

£3,500.00

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