The Complete Prefaces: 1930-1950

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Allen Lane, 1997 - 621 pagine
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"This is Volume II, covering the years 1914-29, of a three-part edition, which will be the first to bring together all of Shaw's prefaces (several hitherto unpublished). They are assembled chronologically and are provided with annotation of elusive topical references, through the meticulous but judicious editing of Dan H. Laurence and Daniel J. Leary." "The prodigious range of subjects - children's rights, creative evolution, capital punishment, blood sport, the nature of sainthood, the Irish question - remains as topical as this morning's newspaper columns. Shaw's concerns about human possibilities, and the greed, insularity and blindness that obstruct those possibilities, are as applicable today as they were a century ago." "To H. M. Tomlinson, Shaw possessed a 'passionate morality that happens to be gifted with the complete control of expression'. His energetic prose is ardent, rhythmic, brimming with vitality and bursting with humour. Moreover, Shaw's voice defies time, linked as it is to a tradition extending back to the English translators of the Bible, through Dryden and Swift, to Dickens, while managing to be outrageously idiosyncratic and couched in a diction that uniquely anticipates the evolution of the language itself."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Renowned literary genius George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved to London and educated himself at the British Museum while several of his novels were published in small socialist magazines. Shaw later became a music critic for the Star and for the World. He was a drama critic for the Saturday Review and later began to have some of his early plays produced. Shaw wrote the plays Man and Superman, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion, which was later adapted as My Fair Lady in both the musical and film form. He also transformed his works into screenplays for Saint Joan, How He Lied to Her Husband, Arms and the Man, Pygmalion, and Major Barbara. Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. George Bernard Shaw died on November 2, 1950 at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.

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