The Importance Of Being Seven

The Importance Of Being Seven

Grade Seven already, Bertie, and you're only six!' 'When will I be seven?' asked Bertie. 'I've been six for ages.' Irene laughed. 'Being seven is a state of mind, Bertie. You'll be seven on your next birthday, but you can be seven ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748118878

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Despite inhabiting a great city renowned for its impeccable restraint, the extended family of 44 Scotland Street is trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence. Matthew and Elspeth receive startling - and expensive - news on a visit to the Infirmary, Angus and Domenica are contemplating an Italian ménage a trois, and even Big Lou is overheard discussing cosmetic surgery. But when Bertie Pollock - six years old and impatient to be seven - mislays his meddling mother Irene one afternoon, a valuable lesson is learned: that wish-fulfilment is a dangerous business. Warm-hearted, wise and very funny, The Importance of Being Seven brings us a fresh and delightful set of insights into philosophy and fraternity among Edinburgh's most loveable residents.
Categories: Fiction

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

On the whole I must decline to accept The Importance of Being Earnest as a day less than ten years old; ... was revived “The Importance of Being Earnest,” after an abeyance of exactly seven years—those seven years which, according to ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781551116945

Category: Drama

Page: 225

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The Importance of Being Earnest marks a central moment in late-Victorian literature, not only for its wit but also for its role in the shift from a Victorian to a Modern consciousness. The play began its career as a biting satire directed at the very audience who received it so delightedly, but ended its initial run as a harbinger of Wilde’s personal downfall when his lover’s father, who would later bring about Wilde’s arrest and imprisonment, attempted to disrupt the production. In addition to its focus on the textual history of the play, this Broadview Edition of Earnest provides a wide array of appendices. The edition locates Wilde’s work among the artistic and cultural contexts of the late nineteenth century and will provide scholars, students, and general readers with an important sourcebook for the play and the social, creative, and critical contexts of mid-1890s English life.
Categories: Drama

The Importance of Being Emma

The Importance of Being Emma

Seven. ~~EMMA~~. After only a few hours' sleep I got up, anxious to prepare myself for Mark's visit. Because he would come to sort things out, I knew. In the kitchen I made bread and imagined how it would go. It was possible, of course, ...

Author: Juliet Archer

Publisher: Choc Lit Limited

ISBN: 9781906931506

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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An “ingenious” twist on the classic Emma with characters “Jane Austen herself would have loved” (Joanna Trollope). True, Emma Woodhouse crushed on her ridiculously sexy brother-in-law, Mark Knightley, when she was a clueless schoolgirl. But with an MBA from Harvard and a burgeoning career as marketing director for the family food business in Highbury, she’s become a self-assured young woman—totally immune to the Knightley charms. Besides, the man of Emma’s new dreams is television chef Flynn Churchill. When Mark is hired as Emma’s new company advisor and mentor, he likes the idea of getting closer to the girl he once dismissed as a “little sister.” Especially now that she grown into a woman so irresistible—not to mention obstinate, exasperating, resistant to his advice, and totally impervious when it comes to the rules of attraction and desire. Emma only thinks her heart is set on Churchill. Now it’s up to Mark to reset. “Juliet Archer has reinvented [Emma] for a 21st-century audience . . . with breathtaking charm and verve.” —Jane Austen Regency World Magazine “Perfect for reading on a hot, lazy afternoon. Like a single piece of good chocolate, it’s a sweet treat that you won’t regret later.” —Austenblog
Categories: Fiction

The Importance of Being Seven

The Importance of Being Seven

Funny, warm, and heartfelt as ever, The Importance of Being Seven offers fresh and wise insights into philosophy and fraternity among Edinburgh's most lovable residents.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9780307399625

Category: Fiction

Page: 0

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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 6 The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother. The great city of Edinburgh is renowned for its impeccable restraint, so how, then, did the extended family of 44 Scotland Street come to be trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence? After seven years and five books, Bertie is—finally!—about to turn seven. But one afternoon he mislays his meddling mother Irene, and learns a valuable lesson: wish-fulfillment can be a dangerous business. Angus and Domenica contemplate whether to give in to romance on holiday in Italy, and even usually down-to-earth Big Lou is overheard discussing cosmetic surgery. Funny, warm, and heartfelt as ever, The Importance of Being Seven offers fresh and wise insights into philosophy and fraternity among Edinburgh's most lovable residents.
Categories: Fiction

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Lady Windermere's Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde Peter Raby ... JACK (irritably) Oh! it always is nearly seven. ALGERNoN Well, I'm hungry. JACK I never knew you when ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191609053

Category: Drama

Page: 400

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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. The social comedies, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, offer a moving as well as witty dissection of society and its morals, with a sharp focus on sexual politics. By contrast, the experimental, symbolist Salome, written originally in French, was banned for public performance by the English censor. His final dramatic triumph was his `trivial' comedy for serious people, The Importance of Being Earnest' arguably the greatest farcical comedy in English. Under the General Editorship of Dr Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Categories: Drama

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest is not really a comedy of manners in the sense of being primarily a criticism of the ... apart that greatness is set which comes of having not three words in seven dramatically right but seven in seven.

Author: Karl Beckson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415159524

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 454

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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). British dramatist whose works and wit often attracted scandalized protest. Writings include: The Happy Prince, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Importance of Being Barbra

The Importance of Being Barbra

From rebel to establishment icon in seven short years . ... on tunes such as " White Christmas , " with the holy ( arranged and conducted by Ray Ellis ) on songs such as “ The Lord's Prayer " and Gounod's 26 The Importance of Being Barbra.

Author: Tom Santopietro

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 142990853X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Controversial, a global icon, a diva among divas---Barbra Streisand, the last genuinely unique show business personality of the twentieth century is the most honored entertainer in the world today. But along with the Tony, two Oscars, six Emmys, eight Grammys, ten Golden Globes, fifty gold albums, and wild acclaim have come wildly diverse reactions to a personality as outsized as her talent. In the words of Streisand herself, "I'm a liberal, opinionated Jewish feminist---I push a lot of buttons." In Tom Santopietro's witty yet analytical look at this one-of-a-kind career, the myths and personal foibles are stripped away, and the focus lands squarely on the work. From the early recordings to the groundbreaking television specials, from the Hollywood blockbusters to the history-making comeback concerts, Streisand's career is placed within an oftentimes uniquely American social context but always allowed to speak for itself. In a brisk, funny, and always compelling style, The Importance of Being Barbra reveals all the milestones in a new and sometimes startling light, ranging from the brilliance of Funny Girl and The Broadway Album to the misbegotten yet curiously popular A Star Is Born. Treating Barbra Streisand like the serious artist she is---and has always claimed to be---The Importance of Being Barbra delves into the key reasons for her all-encompassing success: the overwhelming ambition, the notorious perfectionism, the fervent gay following, the dramatic pull of a voice and style that mysteriously connect with the lovelorn all around the world. A full-scale examination of the acting, singing, and directing that have ranged from the dazzling to the occasionally inexplicable---it's all here for anyone who has ever wondered at the phenomenon that is Barbra Streisand.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

This extract was written on the reopening of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest on the London stage in 1901. Even with the play's reproduction, Wilde having died the year before, seven years after his release from prison, ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438117058

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

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Presents a selection of important older literary criticism of selected works by nineteenth-century poet, novelist, and playwright Oscar Wilde.
Categories: Literary Criticism

At the Reunion Buffet

At the Reunion Buffet

BOOKS BY ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH IN THE 44 SCOTLAND STREET SERIES 44 Scotland Street Espresso Tales Love Over Scotland The World According to Bertie The Unbearable Lightness of Scones The Importance of Being Seven Bertie Plays the Blues ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101970461

Category: Fiction

Page: 60

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A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past (and everyone in it) back into your life. Isabel Dalhousie--philosopher, mother and friend--has generously agreed to host the opening dinner for her school reunion weekend. Twenty-five former classmates will descend upon her home, bringing with them new names, new looks, and old reputations. While some will see the reunion as an opportunity to forge new friendships and reaffirm old ones, others aren't interested in changing their minds about the past. One particular classmate, Barbara Grant, was known as an especially mean girl who bullied the others relentlessly. As hostess, Isabel feels compelled to help her guests on the path toward reconciliation and forgiveness, but bitter feelings and long-held secrets threaten to derail her efforts entirely. With her trademark insight and compassion, Isabel Dalhousie may find a way to navigate these treacherous waters. An eBook short.
Categories: Fiction

The Forgotten Affairs Of Youth

The Forgotten Affairs Of Youth

... According to Bertie The Unbearable Lightness of Scones The Importance of Being Seven THE CORDUROY MANSIONS SERIES Corduroy Mansions The Dog Who Came in from the Cold A Conspiracy of Friends THE VON IGELFELD ENTERTAINMENTS The 21⁄2.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748128044

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Happy with her husband-to-be and beloved son, Isabel Dalhousie has feelings about parenthood that grow more tender daily. So when Jane, a visiting academic adopted and sent to Australia as a baby, asks for help in tracing her Scottish origins, she cannot refuse. However, habitually upright Isabel finds herself beset by temptation - for instance, to be suspicious of Professor Lettuce's latest subterfuge, and of her niece Cat's weakness for the wrong man. And when the search for Jane's parents turns troubling, she can hardly prevent herself from interfering too forcefully in family secrets. As she steers a course between love and laissez-faire, our philosopher heroine succeeds in resisting all temptations but those which must be answered, and teases a solution from every problem.
Categories: Fiction