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Published: 26 August 2021 (Estimated)

352 Pages


ISBN: 9780198800712

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Arms and the Man, The Devil's Disciple, and Caesar and Cleopatra

George Bernard Shaw
Edited by Lawrence Switzky

Oxford World's Classics

  • An introduction which surveys Shaw's life up until the writing of Arms and the Man, with particular attention to his evolving political, artistic, and theological commitments during the early 1890s.
  • Looks at the historical context of each play, its aesthetic and thematic concerns, major criticism and scholarship about each play, and notable productions.
  • Discusses the foreign settings of all three plays, which evoke the colonial resonances of the late 1890s-including Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, the centenary commemorations of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and jingoism leading up to the Second Boer War in 1899.
  • Select Bibliography and Explanatory Notes