The Importance of Being Earnest

Texts we have available in the Library:

Oscar Wilde (Copy: 34180000107347) Lit. Res. 809 WIL

Oscar Wilde (Copy: 34180000113735) 828 WIL

The Victorian novel (Copy: 34180000302281) 823 BLO

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E-Book of The Importance of Being Earnest:

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Social Classes in Victorian England (ABC-CLIO)

The quality of life for people in Victorian England rested on an underlying structure determined by social class and shaped by traditional ways of life in country, town, and city. English society in the 19th century was still highly stratified, although some of the old class distinctions were beginning to blur by the end of the period.


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Entry about Victorianism in GALE"Victorian Age" as the precise years associated with the monarch but instead concentrate on a shorter period—a "high age"—from about 1830 to 1880. Yet critics shadowed the entire period in question, and the negative connotations were fired dramatically forward soon after the period ended, notably with Lytton Strachey's (1880–1932) mocking attack Eminent Victorians (1918). Moralizing, prudish, repressed (and repressive), and old-fashioned (rather than traditional)—each of these notions captures what Victorianism has meant to later generations.
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