By (author) George Bernard Shaw
Edited by Dan H. Laurence
Introduction by David Edgar
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Plays Unpleasant by George Bernard Shaw
Book DescriptionWith "Plays Unpleasant", Shaw issued a radical challenge to his audiences' complacency and exposed social evils through his dramatization of the moral conflicts between youthful idealism and economic reality, promiscuity and marriage, and the duties of women to others and to themselves. His first play, "Widowers' Houses", depicts Harry Trench's dilemma on learning that the inheritance of his fiancee comes from her father's income as a slum landlord. In "The Philanderer", charismatic Leonard Charteris proposes marriage to Grace, while he is still involved with the beautiful Julia Craven - who is not inclined to give him up so easily. And in "Mrs Warren's Profession", Vivie Warren is forced to reconsider her own future when she discovers that her mother's immoral earnings funded her genteel upbringing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140437935
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This two-volume work, first published in 1936, illuminates the artistic, literary and political passions of a Victorian polymath.
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A deliriously delightful novel of George Bernard Shaw's, full of miscommunication, drawing-room comedy and love.
Unsocial Socialist, Paperback (August 2012)» View all books by George Bernard Shaw
Witty, exuberant and irresistibly entertaining, Shaw's fifth and most ambitious novel is a brilliant satire on social prejudice.
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Author Biography - George Bernard Shaw
Dublin-born George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an active Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. He was strongly critical of London theatre and closely associated with the intellectual revival of British drama. Dan H. Laurence has edited SHAW'S COLLECTED LETTERS and COLLECTED PLAYS with their Prefaces. He was Literary Advisor to the Shaw Estate until his retirement in 1990. David Edgar has written widely on theatre and his original plays include DESTINY, MAYDAYS and PENTECOST.
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