Plays Unpleasant

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473375282

Category: Drama

Page: 400

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Bernard Shaw's unique place among English critics has been recognized since the time he wrote the famous weekly assessments of the contemporary theatre in The Saturday Review from January 1895 to May 1898. The author collected those essays in the three volumes titled Our Theatres in the Nineties, but the present selection is the first to appear in a single volume. It contains some forty complete essays chosen to provide a representative cross-section of English theatre history in the eighteen-nineties. The Introduction examines Shaw's qualities as a critic, pointing to the remarkable body of knowledge with which he sustained his judgments and the invariable intellectual courtesy and serious consideration with which he approached his weekly task, and to the wit with which he lightened it. Shakespeare, Ibsen, Wilde, and Pinero are among the playwrights, Irving, Ellen Terry, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Forbes-Robertson, Bernhardt, and Duse, among the players, to whom Shaw's attention was particularly given in the essays reprinted here. He is seen championing Shakespeare the poet as emphatically as Isben the social thinker, while his campaign to convert Irving to Ibsenism is seen in the essays and is discussed temperately in the Introduction.Keywords: Bernard Shaw Mrs Patrick Campbell Nineties English Critics Contemporary Theatre Theatre History Complete Essays Ellen Terry Remarkable Body Pinero Duse Body Of Knowledge Unique Place Bernhardt Playwrights Cross Section Judgments Forbes Wit English History

Mrs Warren's Profession

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781551116273

Category: Drama

Page: 246

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One of Bernard Shaw’s early plays of social protest, Mrs Warren’s Profession places the protagonist’s decision to become a prostitute in the context of the appalling conditions for working class women in Victorian England. Faced with ill health, poverty, and marital servitude on the one hand, and opportunities for financial independence, dignity, and self-worth on the other, Kitty Warren follows her sister into a successful career in prostitution. Shaw’s fierce social criticism in this play is driven not by conventional morality, but by anger at the hypocrisy that allows society to condemn prostitution while condoning the discrimination against women that makes prostitution inevitable. This Broadview edition includes a comprehensive historical and critical introduction; extracts from Shaw’s prefaces to the play; Shaw’s expurgations of the text; early reviews of the play in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain; and contemporary contextual documents on prostitution, incest, censorship, women’s education, and the “New Woman.”

Fabianism and Fabianist Morals in G.B. Shaw’s Widowers’ Houses, Arms and the Man and The Devil’s Disciple

Author: Nicholas Williams

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640339606

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 14

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,3, University of Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar), course: PS II Literaturwissenschaft - Shaws Frühe Dramen, language: English, abstract: This essay shall aim at portraying Shaw’s Fabian thought and morality in his early plays, i.e. Widowers’ Houses, Arms and the Man, and The Devil’s Disciple. Such a task automatically renders the essay no more than an attempt at finding traces, for there are no socialists in the plays mentioned. Instead, socialist thought is conveyed implicitly, i.e. by means of the plot, by method of showing, or by confronting a Victorian theatre audience with realities they would only too well like to ignore. Widower’s Houses is a good case in point: it is highly unlikely any tenants living in the sort of substandard accommodation portrayed in the play could afford a night out in Covent Garden, and it is equally unlikely the theatre-going audience would ever bother to visit them in “their” rundown houses. Consequently, Shaw forced the reality upon the audience and explicitly tried to use drama as a means of propaganda (Grene: 1987: 15 and 3). However, here one could critically add that Shaw – like most Fabians – had as little contact with the working class as those he criticised for the same reasons (Ballay 1980: 237). I shall focus on Widowers’ Houses, Arms and the Man, and The Devil’s Disciple, for reasons I will explain in the conclusion. The essay follows a hypothesis, which is as written above: Shaw forced upon his audience realities they would like to ignore, and he wished to radicalise his audience (Gahan: 13). The second assumption this essay follows is that morality is as much part of Fabianism as politics are. In his economic and political writings, Shaw made a strong connection between economics and morality (Griffith: 29f.). His opposition to capitalism rooted very much in the fact that he rejected it morally. Hence, according to Fabian logic, the struggle for a better (i.e. socialist) society is hardly to be separated from the question of individual conduct, at least to those who can afford it. The verbal claims made by Trench and Sartorius that they would like to change society for the better but find their hands bound collide with Richard in “The Devil’s Disciple”, who claims to follow the devil but immunises himself from attack by immaculate behaviour. Again, Shaw forced a reality upon his audience they might not have witnessed elsewhere, and effectively used the stage for propagandistic purposes, even though they might not be quite as obvious as with other political writers such as Brecht.

Widowers' Houses

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing

ISBN: 9781420941333

Category: Drama

Page: 42

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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) is revered as one of the great British dramatists, credited not only with memorable works, but the revival of the then-suffering English theatre. Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland, left mostly to his own devices after his mother ran off to London to pursue a musical career. He educated himself for the most part, and eventually worked for a real estate agent. This experience founded in him a concern for social injustices, seeing poverty and general unfairness afoot, and would go on to address this in many of his works. In 1876, Shaw joined his mother in London where he would finally attain literary success. First performed in 1892, "Widower's Houses" was the first of Shaw's plays to see the stage. This play was included in a collection of plays called "Plays Unpleasant," named so because Shaw's intention in writing them was not to entertain, but to raise awareness in certain areas of social concern. The source of social concern here in this play is the income derived from slum housing and the play focuses on the rift it forms between the two main characters, Henry Trench who has a moral problem with the way the father of his wife earns his money and his wife, Blanch who has no problem taking money from her father.

The Philanderer

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: 1st World Publishing

ISBN: 9781595403032

Category: Drama

Page: 120

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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - A lady and gentleman are making love to one another in the drawing-room of a flat in Ashly Gardens in the Victoria district of London. It is past ten at night. The walls are hung with theatrical engravings and photographs - Kemble as Hamlet, Mrs. Siddons as Queen Katharine pleading in court, Macready as Werner (after Maclise), Sir Henry Irving as Richard III (after Long), Miss Ellen Terry, Mrs. Kendal, Miss Ada Rehan, Madame Sarah Bernhardt, Mr. Henry Arthur Jones, Mr. A. W. Pinero, Mr. Sydney Grundy, and so on, but not the Signora Duse or anyone connected with Ibsen. The room is not a perfect square, the right hand corner at the back being cut off diagonally by the doorway, and the opposite corner rounded by a turret window filled up with a stand of flowers surrounding a statue of Shakespear. The fireplace is on the right, with an armchair near it. A small round table, further forward on the same side, with a chair beside it, has a yellow-backed French novel lying open on it. The piano, a grand, is on the left, open, with the keyboard in full view at right angles to the wall. The piece of music on the desk is "When other lips." Incandescent lights, well shaded, are on the piano and mantelpiece. Near the piano is a sofa, on which the lady and

Plays Unpleasant

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140437935

Category: Drama

Page: 291

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Presents three plays that dramatize social problems and moral conflicts.

Man and Superman

A Comedy and a Philosophy

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 244

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This play was written in 1903 as a four-act drama based on the Don Juan theme.

Plays Pleasant

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140437942

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Presents four plays intended to both amuse and provoke audiences.

Bernard Shaw's Marriages and Misalliances

Author: Robert A. Gaines

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349951706

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

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This book combines the insights of thirteen Shavian scholars as they examine the themes of marriage, relationships and partnerships throughout all of Bernard Shaw’s major works. It also connects Shaw’s own experiences of love and marriage to the themes that emerge in his works, showing how his personal relationships in and out of matrimonial bonds change the ways his characters enter and exit marriages and misalliances. While providing a wealth of new analysis, this collection of essays also leaves lingering questions for the reader to spark continuing dialogue in both individual and academic settings.

Loving Che

Author: Ana Menéndez

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802141743

Category: Fiction

Page: 229

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An elderly woman looks back on the world of revolutionary Cuba as she recalls her intimate, secret love affair with revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, in the story of a young Cuban woman who finds her search for details about her birth mother in a mysterious parcel containing writings and photographs. By the author of In Cuba I Was a German Shepard. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Woman and Labour

Author: Olive Schreiner

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473397154

Category: Social Science

Page: 229

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This early work by Olive Schreiner was originally published in 1911 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Woman and Labour' is a landmark work of feminist literature and deals with historical and societal issues of the role of women and the differences between the sexes. Olive Emilie Albertina Schreiner was born on 24th March 1855 at the Wesleyan Missionary Society station at Wittebergen in the Eastern Cape, near Herschel in South Africa. In 1880, Olive set sail for the United Kingdom with the goal of taking a position as a trainee nurse at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh in Scotland. Unfortunately ill-health prevented her from studying and she was forced to concede that writing would and could be her only work in life. In 1883, she produced her first published work The Story of an African Farm which she penned under the pseudonym Ralph Iron. This novel details the lives of three characters, first as children and then as adults, and caused significant controversy over its frank portrayal of freethought, feminism, premarital sex, and transvestitism. She became increasingly involved with the politics of the South Africa, leading her to make influential acquaintances such as Cecil John Rhodes, with whom she eventually became disillusioned and wrote a scathing allegory in his honour.

The Essential Plays of George Bernard Shaw (Illustrated Edition)

Including Renowned Titles like Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Candida, Arms and The Man, Man and Superman, The Inca Of Perusalem, Macbeth Skit, Caesar and Cleopatra, Androcles And The Lion

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Musaicum Books

ISBN: 8027230357

Category: Fiction

Page: 2740

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This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) was an Irish playwright, essayist, novelist and short story writer and wrote more than 60 plays. He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Academy Award (1938). Table of Contents George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton Plays: Widowers' Houses (1892) The Philanderer (1898) Mrs. Warren's Profession (1898) The Man Of Destiny (1897) Arms And The Man: An Anti-Romantic Comedy in Three Acts (1894) Candida (1898) You Never Can Tell (1897) Three Plays for Puritans: The Devil's Disciple (1897) Captain Brassbound's Conversion (1900) Caesar and Cleopatra: A History (1901) The Gadfly Or The Son of the Cardinal (1898) The Admirable Bashville Or Constancy Unrewarded (1901) Man And Superman: A Comedy and A Philosophy (1903) John Bull's Other Island (1904) How He Lied To Her Husband (1904) Major Barbara (1905) Passion, Poison, And Petrifaction (1905) The Doctor's Dilemma: A Tragedy (1906) The Interlude At The Playhouse (1907) Getting Married (1908) The Shewing-Up Of Blanco Posnet (1909) Press Cuttings (1909) Misalliance (1910) The Dark Lady Of The Sonnets (1910) Fanny's First Play (1911) Androcles And The Lion (1912) Overruled: A Demonstration (1912) Pygmalion (1913) Great Catherine (Whom Glory Still Adores) (1913) The Music Cure (1913) Beauty's Duty (Unfinished) (1913) O'Flaherty, V. C. (1915) Macbeth Skit (unfinished) (1916) Glastonbury Skit (unfinished) (1916) The Inca Of Perusalem: An Almost Historical Comedietta (1916) Augustus Does His Bit (1916) Skit For The Tiptaft Revue (1917) Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress (1917) Heartbreak House (1919) Back To Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch (1921) In the Beginning The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas The Thing Happens Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman...

Mrs Warren's Profession

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781551116273

Category: Drama

Page: 246

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One of Bernard Shaw’s early plays of social protest, Mrs Warren’s Profession places the protagonist’s decision to become a prostitute in the context of the appalling conditions for working class women in Victorian England. Faced with ill health, poverty, and marital servitude on the one hand, and opportunities for financial independence, dignity, and self-worth on the other, Kitty Warren follows her sister into a successful career in prostitution. Shaw’s fierce social criticism in this play is driven not by conventional morality, but by anger at the hypocrisy that allows society to condemn prostitution while condoning the discrimination against women that makes prostitution inevitable. This Broadview edition includes a comprehensive historical and critical introduction; extracts from Shaw’s prefaces to the play; Shaw’s expurgations of the text; early reviews of the play in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain; and contemporary contextual documents on prostitution, incest, censorship, women’s education, and the “New Woman.”