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- DescriptionGeorge Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness--coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In <i>Mrs. Warren's Profession</i>, <i> Arms and the Man</i>, <i> Candida</i>, and <i>Man and Superman</i>, 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 <b>With an Introduction by Eric Bentleyand an Afterword by Norman Lloyd</b>
- Author Biography<b>George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)</b> was born in Dublin, Ireland. He attended four different schools, but his real education came from a thorough grounding in music and painting, which he obtained at home. In 1871, he was apprenticed to a Dublin estate agent, and later he worked as a cashier. In 1876, Shaw joined his mother and sister in London, where he spent the next nine years in genteel poverty. From 1885 to 1898, he wrote for newspapers and magazines as a critic of art, literature, music, and drama. But his main interest at that time was political propaganda, and in 1884 he joined the Fabian Society. From 1893 to 1939, the most active period of his career, Shaw wrote forty-seven plays. By 1915, his international fame was firmly established and productions of <i>Candida</i>, <i> Man and Superman</i>, <i> Arms and the Man</i>, and <i>The Devil's Disciple</i> were being played in many countries around the world, from Britain to Japan. He went on to write such dramas as <i>Heartbreak House</i>, <i> Back to Methuselah</i>, <i> Androcles and the Lion</i>, and <i>St. Joan</i>, and in 1925, the playwright was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. During his lifetime, he was besieged by offers to film his plays, but he accepted only a few, the most notable being <i>Pygmalion</i>. After his death, it was further adapted as the basis for the musical <i>My Fair Lady</i>. <b>Eric Bentley</b> is an eminent playwright, translator, and dramatic critic whose numerous books include <i>The Playwright as Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times</i>, <i>Bernard Shaw 1856-1950</i>, <i>In Search of Theater</i>, and the widely acclaimed<i> The Life of Drama</i>. <b>Norman Lloyd </b>is perhaps most well-known for his role as the wise and avuncular Dr. Auschlander on the popular television drama <i>St. Elsewhere</i>, but he has appeared in many other television series as well as feature films such as Hitchcock's <i>Saboteur</i>, <i>The Age of Innocence</i>, and <i>Dead Poet's Society</i>. He began his career as an apprentice at Eva LeGallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre and later joined with Orson Welles and John Houseman in the formation of the Mercury Theatre. An acclaimed director and producer, he has been a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities and has served on the teaching staff of the American Film Institute. He is the author of <i>Stages: Of Life in Theatre, Film, and Television</i>.
- Author(s)George Bernard Shaw
- PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc
- Date of Publication01/08/2004
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Weight249 g
- Width108 mm
- Height171 mm
- Spine25 mm
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