Picture of Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest
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Wilde, Earnest, Disaster
On this day in 1895 Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest opened in London. Wilde called his play a "Trivial Comedy for Serious People," and the opening night reviewers concurred: "There is no discordant note of seriousness. It is of nonsense all compact, and better nonsense, I think, our stage has not seen." For Wilde himself, it was the beginning of the end.

 

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