Professor Nassaar has seized the opportunities presented by the novel format and has skilfully woven almost all of Wilde's famous witticisms from other sources into the narrative, as well as inserting a few clever imitations of his own for good measure. In addition, well-known characters from Wilde's other works, such as the Canterville ghost, are included.
In the words of Lighthouse Literary Reviews:
"The play itself is excellent, but this author managed to adapt it incredibly well! He rewrote Wilde in such a way that Wilde's imprint is not at all overshadowed or stamped out ... I think it is extremely difficult to rework someone else's creation without completely changing its feel, but this author succeeded wonderfully in doing just that."
A NEW EARNEST FOR NEW GENERATIONS
"Rewriting was a common practice in ancient Greece and Rome as it was in Shakespeare's England and Racine's France. Angela Carter, Jeannette Winterson, Tom Stoppard, Will Self and other contemporary writers who have explicitly rooted their writings in specific works of the past suggest that rewriting is also a common practice in our own era. Earnest Revisited, by Christopher Nassaar, an overt rewrite of Wilde's comedy, seems to confirm the case.
Christopher Nassaar, an academic, is widely known as the author of Into the Demon Universe: A Literary Exploration of Oscar Wilde
(Yale, 1974), a volume which was considered a breakthrough in Wilde studies. Since then he has published a number of books and articles on ... Victorian literature in general and Oscar Wilde in particular. Earnest Revisited
discloses his ambition to go beyond the limits of academic writing." Emmanuel Vernadakis, The Oscholars