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Bernard Shaw

(1856-1950)

Irish Author
A leading figure of the XXth century theater

This son of a wholesale grain trader, born in Dublin, was not only a playwright, essayist, pamphleteer, critic and journalist: he was a freethinker socialist too.


He had supported equality of women's rights, abolition of private property, equality of income and radical change in the voting system.


Shaw wrote over 40 plays, and was still writing in his nineties.


He had begun as a playwright in 1885.


Among his early successes were Arms and the Man (1894), Candida (1897), and The Devil's Disciple (1897). There followed Man and Superman (1905), Major Barbara (1905), The Doctor's Dilemma (1906).



Later plays published were Androcles and the Lion (1912), and his famous "realistic" Pygmalion (1913), to become the musical play My Fair Lady, in 1956 (filmed in 1964). After World War 1 came Heartbreak House (1919), Back to Methuselah (1921), and Saint Joan (1923).

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Irish Authors:  Shaw Stoker

Other Authors of Theatre genre:
Chekhov Shakespeare Wilde

In 1935 Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature
He accepted the honour but refused the money...

Contemporaries:

Shaw campaigned for the spelling reform of the English alphabet.

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