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Published: 16 September 2021

400 Pages


ISBN: 9780198803836

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Mrs Warren's Profession, Candida, and You Never Can Tell

George Bernard Shaw
Edited by Sos Eltis

Oxford World's Classics

  • An introduction which looks at Shaw's early writing career as music and theatre critic, journalist, essayist and novelist, and how his dramatic work emerged from and related back to this professional training.
  • Discusses Shaw's faith in the theatre as a potential new church of ideas, inspired in particular by the work of Henrik Ibsen. Shaw's characteristically idiosyncratic readings of Ibsen's plays in The Quintessence of Ibsenism (1891), in particular, informs the challenges to conventional gender roles, familial structures and social conventions that run through these three plays.
  • Explores the relation between the plays and his social, political and literary theories, considering not only their polemical power, but also the ambiguities and complexities that make them vivid dramatic pieces not political pamphlets in theatrical form.
  • Select Bibliography and Explanatory Notes

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