George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950

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George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, as the son of George Carr Shaw, who was in the wholesale grain trade, and Lucinda Elisabeth (Gurly) Shaw, the daughter of an impoverished landowner, who was 16-years younger than her husband. In 1866 the family moved to a better neighborhood, and in 1876 he went to London, joining his sister and mother. Shaw did not return to Ireland for nearly thirty years. In 1898 Shaw married the wealthy Charlotte Payne-Townshend. They settled in 1906 in the Hertfordshire village of Ayot St. Lawrence. Shaw remained with Charlotte until her death, although he was occasionally linked with other women. Shaw died at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, on November 2, 1950 and it was his wish that his ashes be mixed with those of his wife, Charlotte.

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CANDIDA (57 KB)
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This is a comedy about the wife of a clergyman, and what happens when a weak, young poet want to rescue her from her dull family life. The Reverend James Morell's joy in his comfortable marriage to Candida is shaken by the arrival of the young poet, Marchbanks. Both men adore her, in quite different ways and for quite different reasons, and she is attracted to them for their very different qualities. Marchbanks believes she has a choice. Morell is devastated by the idea of losing her. They both forget she is her own woman.


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PYGMALION (78 KB)  
Theatre, plays
Of all of Shaw's plays, Pygmalion is without the doubt the most beloved and popularly received, if not the most significant in literary terms. Several film versions have been made of the play, and it has even been adapted into a musical. In fact, writing the screenplay for the film version of 1938 helped Shaw to become the first and only man ever to win the much coveted Double: the Nobel Prize for literature and an Academy Award. Shaw wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion for the famous actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, with whom Shaw was having a prominent affair at that time. Two old gentlemen meet one night at Covent Garden. Professor Higgins is a scientist of phonetics, and Colonel Pickering is a linguist of Indian dialects. The first bets the other that he can, with his knowledge of phonetics, convince high London society that, in a matter of months, he will be able to transform the cockney speaking Covent Garden flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a woman as poised and well-spoken as a duchess.


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YOU NEVER CAN TELL (81 KB)
Theatre, plays
The story is about the Clandon family: Dolly, Philip, Gloria and their Mother. When the play begins, the Clandons are just back in England after having spent 18 years in Portugal. Now that they're back, the children have decided to insist that their mother tell them who their father is, or was. At first Mrs. Clandon puts up some resistance, but eventually she has her solicitor admit that the guilty party is a bad-tempered, wealthy landlord, Mr. Crampton.

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