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Major Cultural Essays

George Bernard Shaw and David Kornhaber

June 2021

ISBN: 9780198817727

512 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £14.99

George Bernard Shaw's Major Cultural Essays introduces readers to the wealth and diversity of Shaw's cultural writings from across the breadth of his professional life, beginning around 1890 and ending in 1950.

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George Bernard Shaw's Major Cultural Essays introduces readers to the wealth and diversity of Shaw's cultural writings from across the breadth of his professional life, beginning around 1890 and ending in 1950.

  • The volume begins with George Bernard Shaw's three major cultural writings, all of them published as standalone books during Shaw's lifetime. The earliest of these is The Quintessence of Ibsenism (1891), Shaw's play-by-play disquisition on the radical philosophy that he found embedded in the works of Henrik Ibsen.
  • An introduction laying out the important place that cultural writing held in Shaw's career, from his early years as a critic and arts journalist in London to his later intermittent publications alongside his active playwriting work.
  • Provides readers with an explanation and precis for each of the volume's main essays as well as its supplementary entries and will contextualize their place within the course of Shaw's sixty-year career.
  • A Note on the Text explaining the editorial choices made in terms of volumes and editions, especially regarding the three main essays and their various published versions.
  • Select Bibliography and Explanatory Notes

About the Author(s)

George Bernard Shaw and David Kornhaber, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Text
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology
    Major Cultural Essays
    The Quintessence of Ibsenism
    The Sanity of Art
    The Perfect Wagnerite
    A Preface
    Selections from the Preface to Three Plays by Brieux
    Shorter Essays and Reviews
    11 June 1890
    11 October 1893
    1 August 1894 and 8 August 1894
    The Case for the Critic-Dramatist
    The Late Censor
    Church and Stage
    Nietzsche in English
    Maddox Brown, Watts, and Ibsen
    The Board School
    Henry Irving and Ellen Terry
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Rodin
    Mr. Arnold Bennett Thinks Play-Writing Easier than Novel Writing
    Oscar Wilde
    Selections from Ruskin's Politics
    Keats
    Tolstoy: Tragedian or Comedian
    Beethoven's Centenary
    Am I an Educated Person?
    The Play of Ideas
    Explanatory Notes

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