Charles A. Berst (essay date fall 1974)
SOURCE: Berst, Charles A. “The Craft of Candida.” College Literature 1, no. 3 (fall 1974): 157-73.
[In the following essay, Berst addresses several common criticisms of Shaw's work through an analysis of his Candida, contending that the play “refutes many of the facile critical generalizations so often repeated about Shavian drama.”]
A year before Shaw wrote Candida the prominent critic William Archer reviewed his first play, Widowers' Houses, in the London World. Archer was most condescending: “It is a pity that Mr Shaw should labour under a delusion as to the true bent of his talent, and … should perhaps be tempted to...
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