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

George Bernard Shaw
Edited by Lawrence Switzky

August 2021

ISBN: 9780198800712

432 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

Arms and the Man, The Devil's Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra are some of Shaw's most popular and frequently performed works. They demonstrate the development of Shavian comedy and contain early formulations of his idea of the Superman, an extraordinary individual who catalyzes the evolution of mankind.

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Arms and the Man, The Devil's Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra are some of Shaw's most popular and frequently performed works. They demonstrate the development of Shavian comedy and contain early formulations of his idea of the Superman, an extraordinary individual who catalyzes the evolution of mankind.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

George Bernard Shaw

Edited by Lawrence Switzky, Associate Professor of English, University of Toronto Mississauga

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology
    Arms and the Man
    The Devil's Disciple
    Caesar and Cleopatra
    Explanatory Notes

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