Virtual Classics Book Club: “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde

Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:00 pm

New virtual “classics” book club – don’t worry – it isn’t high school English class!
Join us for a new Classics Book Club online beginning April 23rd. Feel free to login via your computer or call on your phone! In this session we will discuss The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Many people may already have these books on their shelves at home but there are loads of ways to download classic eBooks and eAudiobooks for free online. The Importance of Being Earnest is available widely for free online, one source is Standard eBooks. The Curve Theatre has also shared their archive of the 2016 Made at Curve and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest for a limited time, which you can watch on their Vimeo station. You can also read about, and listen to some clips from, a 1953 performance with John Gielgud an “English actor often called the greatest of his generation” on Open Culture’s website.
Other resources for classic books include (though there are many more!) Project Gutenberg, a volunteer effort to provide free digital copies of public domain books, and LibriVox, which does the same except it produces audiobooks instead of digital text.
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