Plays by George Bernard Shaw

Plays by George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

Language: English

Pages: 528

ISBN: 0451529448

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness—coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, 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
With an Introduction by Eric Bentley
and an Afterword by Norman Lloyd

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has any real bearing on a nature like hers? TANNER. Hm! Did she say anything else? OCTAVIUS. Yes; and that is why I expose myself and her to your ridicule by telling you what passed. TANNER [remorsefully] No, dear Tavy, not ridicule, on my honor! However, no matter. Go on. OCTAVIUS. Her sense of duty is so devout, so perfect, so— TANNER. Yes: I know. Go on. OCTAVIUS. You see, under this new arrangement, you and Ramsden are her guardians; and she considers that all her duty to her father is

most august, ancient, learned, famous, and authoritative censorship in Europe. Is it more enlightened, more liberal, more tolerant than the comparatively infinitesimal office of the Lord Chamberlain? On the contrary, it has reduced itself to a degree of absurdity which makes a Catholic university a contradiction in terms. All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and

checked, however, on this delightfully fine afternoon, by the appearance at a little gate in a paling on our left, of Henry Straker in his professional costume. He opens the gate for an elderly gentleman, and follows him on to the lawn. This elderly gentleman defies the Spanish sun in a black frock coat, tall silk hat, trousers in which narrow stripes of dark grey and lilac blend into a highly respectable color, and a black necktie tied into a bow over spotless linen. Probably therefore a man

by them are things of the past. We see also that reforms of crying evils are frequently produced by the sectional shifting of political power from oppressors to oppressed. The poor man is given a vote by the Liberals in the hope that he will cast it for his emancipators. The hope is not fulfilled; but the lifelong imprisonment of penniless men for debt ceases; Factory Acts are passed to mitigate sweating; schooling is made free and compulsory; sanitary by-laws are multiplied; public steps are

mother and me: that’s why I know her better than you’ll ever know her. VIVIE. You are wrong: you know nothing about her. If you knew the circumstances against which my mother had to struggle— FRANK [adroitly finishing the sentence for her]. I should know why she is what she is, shouldn’t I? What difference would that make? Circumstances or no circumstances, Viv, you won’t be able to stand your mother. VIVIE [very angry]. Why not? FRANK. Because she’s an old wretch, Viv. If you ever put your

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