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Playlets

George Bernard Shaw
Edited by James Moran

February 2021

ISBN: 9780198804987

672 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

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This Oxford World Classic includes sixteen of George Bernard Shaw's shortest theatrical scripts. This collection introduces readers to the playlets virtually unknown outside the world of Shavian scholarship by revealing how they explain Shaw's own life and legacy.

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This Oxford World Classic includes sixteen of George Bernard Shaw's shortest theatrical scripts. This collection introduces readers to the playlets virtually unknown outside the world of Shavian scholarship by revealing how they explain Shaw's own life and legacy.

  • Includes full explanatory notes on Shaw's short plays as well as analysis on the prefaces for each of these plays.
  • Relies on detailed archival research, footnoting and properly referencing sourced material.
  • Includes little-known recordings and unpublished archival material.
  • Emphasises the shared themes found in Shaw's shorter works, dividing them into four sub-categories, namely: 1) Farces; 2) War Playlets; 3) Historical Sketches; and 4) Shakespearean Shorts.

About the Author(s)

George Bernard Shaw

Edited by James Moran, Professor of Modern English Literature and Drama, University of Nottingham

James Moran is a Professor of Modern English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is a recent recipient of both the Philip Leverhulme Prize and the British Academy mid-career fellowship. He contributes a monthly book-review feature for BBC Radio Nottingham (since 2010). His books include Staging the Easter Rising (2006), Irish Birmingham: A History (2010), The Theatre of Sean O' Casey (2013), and The Theatre of D. H. Lawrence (2015). He is also the editor of Four Irish Rebel Plays (2007) and co-editor with Neal Alexander of Regional Modernisms (2015).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology
    Farces
    How He Lied to Her Husband
    Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction
    Press Cuttings
    Overruled
    War Playlets
    The Inca of Perusalem
    O'Flaherty V.C.
    Augustus Does His Bit
    Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress
    Historical Sketches
    The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet
    Great Catherine
    The Six of Calais
    The British Party System
    Shakespearean Shorts
    The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
    Macbeth Skit
    Cymbeline Refinished
    Shakes Versus Shav
    Appendices
    Appendix: Material cut from the play How He Lied to Her Husband
    Appendix: Material cut from the play Press Cuttings
    Explanatory Notes

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