A Guide to the Plays of Bernard Shaw
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First Published in 1963 A Guide to the Plays of Bernard Shaw is a descriptive and critical account of Bernard Shaw’s work as a playwright. The leading ideas contained in the plays are discussed because they are relevant to the work of the dramatist, and the author has also commented on their original production as they were mostly done under Shaw’s direction. Author argues that if Shaw were to be reincarnated as a dramatic critic he would only too often be as scathing of the treatment of his plays upon the stage today as was G.B.S. when writing of the Shakespeare productions in the London theatre. This book is a must read for students of English literature.
Table of Contents
Preface Part I: The Man A Note on Biographies Part II: The Dramatists 1. The Comic Genius 2. Better than Shakespeare? 3. Themes 4. The Characters 5. The Prefaces A Note on Printing the Plays Part III: The Plays Index
C. B. Purdom