Plays by George Bernard Shaw Book
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Plays by George Bernard Shaw


  • Author : George Bernard Shaw
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2004-08-03
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101157664

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Plays by George Bernard Shaw Excerpt :

George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness—coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes society, military heroism, marriage, and the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, and theatrical standpoint, these four plays are among the foremost dramas of the age—as intellectually stimulating as they are thoroughly enjoyable. “My way of joking is to tell the truth: It is the funniest joke in the world.”—G. B. Shaw With an Introduction by Eric Bentley and an Afterword by Norman Lloyd

George Bernard Shaw in Context Book

George Bernard Shaw in Context


  • Author : Brad Kent
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-14
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781316432167

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George Bernard Shaw in Context Excerpt :

When George Bernard Shaw died in 1950, the world lost one of its most well-known authors, a revolutionary who was as renowned for his personality as he was for his humour, humanity, and rebellious thinking. He remains a compelling figure who deserves attention not only for how influential he was in his time, but for how relevant he is to ours. This collection sets Shaw's life and achievements in context, with forty-two scholarly essays devoted to subjects that interested him and defined his work. Contributors explore a wide range of themes, moving from factors that were formative in Shaw's life, to the artistic work that made him most famous and the institutions with which he worked, to the political and social issues that consumed much of his attention, and, finally, to his influence and reception. Presenting fresh material and arguments, this collection will point to new directions of research for future scholars.

Bernard Shaw and the BBC Book

Bernard Shaw and the BBC


  • Author : Leonard W. Conolly
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802089205

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Bernard Shaw and the BBC Excerpt :

George Bernard Shaw's frequently stormy but always creative relationship with the British Broadcasting Corporation was in large part responsible for making him a household name on both sides of the Atlantic. From the founding of the BBC in 1922 to his death in 1950, Shaw supported the BBC by participating in debates, giving talks, permitting radio and television broadcasts of many of his plays - even advising on pronunciation questions. Here, for the first time, Leonard Conolly illuminates the often grudging, though usually mutually beneficial, relationship between two of the twentieth century's cultural giants. Drawing on extensive archival materials held in England, the United States, and Canada, Bernard Shaw and the BBC presents a vivid portrait of many contentious issues negotiated between Shaw and the public broadcaster. This is a fascinating study of how controversial works were first performed in both radio and television's infancies. It details debates about freedom of speech, the editing of plays for broadcast, and the protection of authors' rights to control and profit from works performed for radio and television broadcasts. Conolly also scrutinizes Second World War-era censorship, when the British government banned Shaw from making any broadcasts that questioned British policies or strategies. Rich in detail and brimming with Shaw's irrepressible wit, this book also provides links to online appendices of Shaw's broadcasts for the BBC, texts of Shaw's major BBC talks, extracts from German wartime propaganda broadcasts about Shaw, and the BBC's obituaries for Shaw.

A Bernard Shaw Chronology Book

A Bernard Shaw Chronology


  • Author : A. Gibbs
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2001-02-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 435
  • ISBN 10 : 9780230599581

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A Bernard Shaw Chronology Excerpt :

A.M. Gibbs provides an authoritative and comprehensive account of the life, career and associations of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), one of the most eminent and influential literary figures of the modern age. Drawing on a wide range of published and unpublished material, this work illuminates the complex fabric of Shaw's extraordinary career as playwright, novelist, critic, orator, political activist, social commentator, avant-garde thinker and controversialist. Images of Shaw's daily private life, and of his tangled love affairs, flirtations and friendships, are intertwined with the records of his prodigiously productive career as public figure and creative writer, in a fully documented study which is both a scholarly resource and a lively biographical portrait. An introductory chapter explores theoretical issues in biography raised by the chronology form; and a chapter on Shaw's ancestry and family supplies new evidence about his Irish background. A Who's Who section contains thumbnail sketches of over two hundred contemporaries of Shaw who had significant associations with him.

Bernard Shaw on Music Book

Bernard Shaw on Music


  • Author : George Bernard Shaw
  • Publisher : Rosetta Books
  • Release Date : 2016-02-29
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 9780795346897

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Bernard Shaw on Music Excerpt :

A collection of critical writings on music from the Nobel Prize–winning playwright behind Saint Joan and Man and Superman. The Critical Shaw: On Music is a comprehensive selection of renowned Irish playwright and Nobel Laureate Bernard Shaw’s extensive writings on a wide range of musical topics. Still recognized as one of Great Britain’s most important music critics, Shaw enriched London’s musical scene for some twenty years with his provocative, original, and penetrating reviews, before giving up music criticism to concentrate his talents on playwriting. His vast critical output encompassed opera, operetta, vocal and orchestral performance, musical theater, and oratorios, and took in major composers and performers as well as many long since forgotten names. Frequently embellished by his controversial political and social opinions, and delving as well into the nature of music criticism itself, Shaw’s reviews continue to stimulate and surprise, their depth and range setting standards that are rarely, if ever, matched today. Included in this edition is a previously unpublished draft on voice training prepared by Shaw for Vandeleur Lee, his mother’s singing teacher. The Critical Shaw series brings together, in five volumes and from a wide range of sources, selections from Bernard Shaw’s voluminous writings on topics that exercised him for the whole of his professional career: Literature, Music, Politics, Religion, and Theater. The volumes are edited by leading Shaw scholars, and all include an introduction, a chronology of Shaw’s life and works, annotated texts, and a bibliography. The series editor is L.W. Conolly, literary adviser to the Shaw Estate and former president of the International Shaw Society.

Bernard Shaw on Religion Book

Bernard Shaw on Religion


  • Author : George Bernard Shaw
  • Publisher : Rosetta Books
  • Release Date : 2016-02-29
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN 10 : 9780795346873

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From the Nobel Prize–winning playwright behind Pygmalion and Saint Joan, a collection of his critical writings on religion. The Critical Shaw: On Religion is a comprehensive selection of renowned Irish playwright and Nobel Laureate Bernard Shaw’s pronouncements—many of them deliberately inflammatory—on all facets of religion and belief: on Christianity and the Church; on various religions, among them Protestantism, Catholicism, Quakerism, Christian Science, Fundamentalism, Calvinism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam; on atheism and agnosticism, atonement and salvation; the crucifixion, the resurrection, transubstantiation, and the Immaculate Conception; on the Bible, the Ten Commandments, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Thirty-nine Articles of the Anglican Church. And much more. In speeches, essays, and prefaces, Shaw relentlessly scrutinized and critiqued scores of religions—only to find most of their doctrines in need of exhaustive reform. And yet, in keeping with his many other paradoxes, though Shaw was fond of calling himself an atheist, he nonetheless recognized the importance, indeed the necessity, of religion. The Critical Shaw series brings together, in five volumes and from a wide range of sources, selections from Bernard Shaw’s voluminous writings on topics that exercised him for the whole of his professional career: Literature, Music, Politics, Religion, and Theater. The volumes are edited by leading Shaw scholars, and all include an introduction, a chronology of Shaw’s life and works, annotated texts, and a bibliography. The series editor is L.W. Conolly, literary adviser to the Shaw Estate and former president of the International Shaw Society.

Bernard Shaw and the Webbs Book

Bernard Shaw and the Webbs


  • Author : Bernard Shaw
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2002-01-01
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 311
  • ISBN 10 : 080204123X

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Bernard Shaw and the Webbs Excerpt :

This collection of 140 annotated letters, 74 of which have never been published, documents the subsequent friendship and collaboration shared by Shaw, Webb, and Webb's wife Beatrice, throughout their lives.

Bernard Shaw on Theater Book

Bernard Shaw on Theater


  • Author : George Bernard Shaw
  • Publisher : Rosetta Books
  • Release Date : 2016-02-29
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 9780795346880

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Bernard Shaw on Theater Excerpt :

A collection of critical writings on theater from the Nobel Prize–winning playwright behind Man and Superman and Pygmalion. The Critical Shaw: On Theater is a comprehensive selection of essays and addresses about drama and theater by renowned Irish playwright and Nobel Laureate Bernard Shaw. An outspoken critic of the melodramas and formulaic farces that comprised most of the popular theater in the late nineteenth century, Shaw relentlessly campaigned for audiences, actors, theater managers, and even government officials to take theater more seriously, to use the stage as a forum for representing complex real issues such as poverty, marriage and divorce laws, sexual attraction, gender equality, and political power, so that through seeing them acted out, audiences could better understand and address them when they left the theater. Shaw’s commitment to social reform through theater was matched by his expertise in the artistic and practical aspects of drama: whether he was reviewing productions, lecturing about acting, or schooling agents on royalties and copyright law, Shaw set a standard for intelligent professionalism that our own theaters might still aspire to and be measured against. The Critical Shaw series brings together, in five volumes and from a wide range of sources, selections from Bernard Shaw’s voluminous writings on topics that exercised him for the whole of his professional career: Literature, Music, Politics, Religion, and Theater. The volumes are edited by leading Shaw scholars, and all include an introduction, a chronology of Shaw’s life and works, annotated texts, and a bibliography. The series editor is L.W. Conolly, literary adviser to the Shaw Estate and former president of the International Shaw Society.

George Bernard Shaw  a Very Short Introduction Book
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George Bernard Shaw a Very Short Introduction


  • Author : Christopher Wixson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2020-09-24
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198850090

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George Bernard Shaw a Very Short Introduction Excerpt :

Christopher Wixson introduces George Bernard Shaw, the greatest playwright in English after Shakespeare. Taking a chronological approach through his works, he provides an overview of Shaw's sensibility as a writer, and studies the creative evolution of core themes and styles throughout his long career.

The Genius of George Bernard Shaw Book

The Genius of George Bernard Shaw


  • Author : Samiran Kumar Paul
  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Release Date : 2020-12-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 764
  • ISBN 10 : 9781649516466

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The Genius of George Bernard Shaw Excerpt :

The Genius of George Bernard Shaw is a criticism of George Bernard Shaw’s work that explores his art, aesthetics, philosophy, and revolutionary ideas. Shaw wrote his plays raising and dealing with the problems of individuals, families, society, nations, and the world. It is occasionally stated that Shaw’s support for totalitarianism grew out of his frustration with nineteenth-century liberalism, which ineffectually culminated in a disastrous world war. Yet, close analysis to two of Shaw’s Major Critical Essays from the 1890s shows that even then Shaw expressed a desire for a ruthless man of action unencumbered by the burden of conscience to come on the scene and establish a new world order, to initiate the utopian epoch. Indeed, further analysis of a number of plays from before the war shows the impulse to be persistent and undeniable. Shaw hated disorder, and he wanted to see society managed efficiently by a small caste of technocratic experts who were at the same time, in Karl Popper’s memorable phrase, utopian social engineers. He had very little confidence in the average man and woman, who could not work mentally at the same speed? as the Fabian executive committee, his ideal of what a ruling caste would look like. Shaw’s ideal society, what I am calling his utopian vision, resembles Plato’s ideal city or Comte’s Religion of Humanity more than any society that has presumably ever existed on earth. This need for absolute order and control found many means of expression in both his life and work and was intricately bound up with his longing for perfection. This book is useful for world teachers, students, and research scholars in English in schools, colleges, universities all over the world.

The Private Life of George Bernard Shaw Book

The Private Life of George Bernard Shaw


  • Author : Elizabeth Sharland
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2011-07-20
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 92
  • ISBN 10 : 9781462024223

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The Private Life of George Bernard Shaw Excerpt :

This play concerns the fascinating personal life of one of the most famous playwrights in British literature. His relationship with actresses were many, including the beautiful Ellen Terry, the brilliant Mrs. Patrick Campbell, the volatile Florence Farr, as well as women politicians, suffragettes, and young students. His marriage to Charlotte Payne Townsend was revealing in that she was his muse, nurse, secretary, as well as being his wife.

George Bernard Shaw Book

George Bernard Shaw


  • Author : Joseph McCabe
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1914
  • Genre: Dramatists, English
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : IND:32000000653099

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George Bernard Shaw Book

George Bernard Shaw


  • Author : G. K. Chesterton
  • Publisher : Aeterna Press
  • Release Date : 1961
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 17
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

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A peculiar difficulty arrests the writer of this rough study at the very start. Many people know Mr. Bernard Shaw chiefly as a man who would write a very long preface even to a very short play. And there is truth in the idea; he is indeed a very prefatory sort of person. He always gives the explanation before the incident; but so, for the matter of that, does the Gospel of St. John. For Bernard Shaw, as for the mystics, Christian and heathen (and Shaw is best described as a heathen mystic), the philosophy of facts is anterior to the facts themselves. In due time we come to the fact, the incarnation; but in the beginning was the Word. Aeterna Press

Socialism and Superior Brains  The Political Thought of George Bernard Shaw Book

Socialism and Superior Brains The Political Thought of George Bernard Shaw


  • Author : Gareth Griffith
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2002-09-11
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134802944

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Socialism and Superior Brains The Political Thought of George Bernard Shaw Excerpt :

Available in paperback for the first time, Gareth Griffith's book provides a comprehensive critical account of the political ideas of one of the most influential commentators of the twentieth century. With close reference to a range of Shaw's texts, from the Fabian tracts to the plays, Gareth Griffith draws out the central theoretical messages of Shaw's engagement with politics. The first part of the book provides an intellectual biography, while at the same time analysing Shaw's key concerns in relation to his Fabianism, arguments for equality of income and ideas on democracy and education. Part Two looks at those areas which Shaw approached as long-standing historical problems or dramas requiring immediate thought or action; sexual equality, the Irish question, war, fascism and sovietism. The book is directed to the general reader as well as to specialists. It will be central reading for anyone seeking to understand Shaw's life, and literary and political writings, or the development of political thinking in this century, or the problems and potential inherent in socialism.