George Bernard Shaw Additional Biography

Biography

(Critical Guide to Censorship and Literature)

Shaw’s first major attack on censorship was The Quintessence of Ibsenism (1891), a tract defending Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian playwright, some of whose work dealt with venereal disease and immoral marriages, against public reaction that demanded censorship or expurgated versions. Inspired by Ibsen’s work, Shaw wrote Mrs. Warren’s Profession; however, the Lord Chamberlain denied it a license in 1898. Shaw could not find a theater for private performances, or an actress willing to play the lead role of a successful but coarsened brothel madam. The play was finally produced privately in London in 1902, but was not licensed for public performance in England until 1925. At its New York City opening in 1905, New...

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Biography

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland, at No. 3 Upper Synge Street on July 26, 1856. The house still stands, though the address became 33 Synge Street, and the residence is marked by the surprisingly understated plaque, “Bernard Shaw, author of many plays, was born in this house.” Shaw’s father was a cheerful drunk, and the son’s loss of faith in the father might have affected his faith in general. In any event, though he was baptized into the Church of Ireland, he became a lifelong scoffer at organized religion while always remaining a profoundly religious thinker.

Shaw’s mother and sister were fine singers and eventually left Shaw’s father to move in with the eccentric music teacher, George...

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Biography

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland, on July 26, 1856, the son of English Protestants. He left school at the age of fourteen and worked for five years in a land agent’s office. At the age of twenty, Shaw left Ireland for London. Two years earlier, Shaw’s mother had moved to London together with his two sisters, leaving her alcoholic husband and following her voice teacher. Her instructor arranged for the young Shaw to write several articles on music for a satirical weekly review, The Hornet. Shaw remained without any fulfilling employment or literary success during his first decade in London. After initially working as a clerk, he soon turned to literature, writing several novels between 1886 and 1905. None...

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Biography

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In his nearly forty plays and numerous other writings, George Bernard Shaw’s primary goal was not the entertainment but the education of his audience. His socialist vision created fictional worlds designed either to present a more ideal form of human existence or to criticize what he considered to be the flaws of his society. While his plays typically present a character who embodies the vitality that he considered essential for reform and the creation of a better world, he saw his contemporaries still far from achieving the kind of enlightened and egalitarian society he envisioned.

Biography

(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

One of the greatest British dramatists, perhaps the greatest dramatist of his generation, George Bernard Shaw revitalized the moribund English stage with a body of work that continues to entertain and challenge audiences around the world. Born in Dublin, Ireland, on July 26, 1856, to a family in financial decline, he was raised in a household that might have come from one of his plays. His father, George Carr Shaw, was a good-natured drunkard somewhat in the manner of Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, while his mother, the former Lucinda Elizabeth Gurly, was a strong-willed woman who in 1874 abandoned her family to go to London with her voice teacher, George John Vandeleur Lee, to pursue a musical career. Largely self-taught,...

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Biography

(Drama for Students)

Shaw was born in Dublin on July 26, 1856. His family was of upper-class ancestry, but had fallen on hard times. Perhaps as a result, he...

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Biography

(Drama for Students)

George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland, on July 26, 1856. His father was an alcoholic and unsuccessful businessman, and his mother a...

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Biography

(Drama for Students)

George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland on July 26, 1856, the youngest child of George Carr, a civil servant and merchant, and...

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Biography

(Drama for Students)

Considered one of the greatest English-speaking dramatists, George Bernard Shaw was born July 26, 1856, in Dublin, Ireland, and had a long...

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Biography

(Drama for Students)

George Bernard Shaw was born into a poor Protestant family in Dublin, Ireland, on July 26, 1856. Despite childhood neglect (his father was an...

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Biography

(Drama for Students)

George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856, the youngest child of George Carr and Lucinda Elizabeth Shaw. His mother was an opera singer...

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