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With 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 Details

ISBN: 9780140437935
ISBN-10: 0140437932
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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