This reissue is designed to tie-in with the film version of "The Importance of Being Earnest" to be released nationwide from 30th August 2002. The film stars Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Reese Witherspoon.
Born in Ireland, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900) was educated in Dublin & Oxford and went on to become the leading and most prominent exponent of flamboyant aestheticism. As well as his many plays, he wrote one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), and published several volumes of poetry and criticism. He was imprisoned in 1895 for homosexual offences and after his release he died in exile in Paris. Richard Cave has edited a selection of Yeats' plays for Penguin Classics.