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The Irish Writers: George Bernard Shaw Boyle, Ken

ISBN: 9781781177747

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George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) was a prolific dramatist, critic, essayist, pamphleteer and social reformer. The shy, idealistic Irishman separated himself from his opinionated public persona, ‘G. B. S.’, and his eccentric alter ego and his work were the vehicles for his social and political ideals. He was a member of the socialist Fabian Society from its founding and edited Fabian Essays. Most of his early plays were banned because of their political content. His outspokenness made him unpopular in England for a time but his spreading worldwide fame made it easier for him to voice his views.

Plays, such as Mrs Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, Pygmalion and St Joan, his essays and letters, his outspoken opinions, great wit and charisma made him a celebrity and his name has even passed into the English language in the word ‘Shavian’. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

Author David Ross has written a biography of Shaw that is exceptionally readable and entertaining. The life, wit and prolific achievements of this Irish icon are conveyed with insight and understanding.


  • The Irish Writers: George Bernard Shaw

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