Oscar Wilde was already one of the best-known literary figures in
Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to
the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of
distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the
1890s and retain their power today. This collection offers newly
edited texts of Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance,
Salome, An Ideal Husband, and, arguably the greatest farcical
comedy in English, The Importance of Being Earnest.