The Plays of Oscar Wilde


I read several of Wilde’s plays every year, or whenever I want to laugh. I do not particularly like his novel, stories or essays, but his plays are superb. The language is exquisite, the observations on human behavior brilliant – as good as it gets in literature – and it is funny! What more can one expect.

If you are new to Wilde start with ‘The Importance of being Errnest’ and go on to any of the others. The moral of ‘An Ideal Husband’ can easily be applied to Wall Street today, not much has changed. But it is delivered with such humour. The plots are silly, but they are simply the vehicle for delivery.

Read them!