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

George Bernard Shaw
Edited by Sos Eltis

August 2021

ISBN: 9780198803836

350 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

Mrs Warren's Profession, Candida, and You Never Can Tell are plays which give a clear sense of the range of Shaw's first forays into playwriting. Together they showcase his early negotiations between his political and social concerns and the constraints and possibilities of the British stage at the fin de siècle.

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Mrs Warren's Profession, Candida, and You Never Can Tell are plays which give a clear sense of the range of Shaw's first forays into playwriting. Together they showcase his early negotiations between his political and social concerns and the constraints and possibilities of the British stage at the fin de siècle.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

George Bernard Shaw

Edited by Sos Eltis, Associate Professor; Tutorial Fellow, Brasenose College

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology
    Mrs Warren's Profession
    Candida
    You Never Can Tell
    Explanatory Notes

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