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Shaw on Shakespeare : an anthology of Bernard Shaw's writings on the plays and production of Shakespeare
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.
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New York ; London : Applause, 2002.

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xxiii, 280 pages ; 23 cm
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Originally published: New York: Dutton, 1961.
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(Applause Books). "With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his." - From SHAW ON SHAKESPEARE Celebrated playwright, critic and essayist George Bernard Shaw was more like the Elizabethan master that he would ever admit. Both men were intristic dramatists who shared a rich and abiding respect for the stage. Shakespeare was the produce of a tempestuous and enlightening era under the reign of his patron, Queen Elizabeth I; while G.B.S. reflected the racy and risque spirt of the late 19th century as the champion of modern drama by playwrights like Ibsen, and, later, himself. Culled from Shaw's reviews, prefaces, letters to actors and critics, and other writings, SHAW ON SHAKESPEARE offers a fascinating and unforgettable portrait of the 16th century playwright by his most outspoken critic. This is a witty and provocative classic that combines Shaw's prodigious critical acumen with a superlative prose style second to none (except, perhaps, Shakespeare!).

Author Notes

Renowned literary genius George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved to London and educated himself at the British Museum while several of his novels were published in small socialist magazines.

Shaw later became a music critic for the Star and for the World. He was a drama critic for the Saturday Review and later began to have some of his early plays produced.

Shaw wrote the plays Man and Superman, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion, which was later adapted as My Fair Lady in both the musical and film form. He also transformed his works into screenplays for Saint Joan, How He Lied to Her Husband, Arms and the Man, Pygmalion, and Major Barbara. Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

George Bernard Shaw died on November 2, 1950 at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Prologuep. 1
The Playsp. 5
All's Well That Ends Wellp. 5
Antony and Cleopatrap. 13
As You Like Itp. 21
The Comedy of Errorsp. 33
Cymbelinep. 39
Hamletp. 75
Henry IV, Part 1p. 96
Henry Vp. 102
Henry VI, Part 1p. 103
Julius Caesarp. 104
King Learp. 111
Love's Labour's Lostp. 112
Macbethp. 115
Measure for Measurep. 123
The Merry Wives of Windsorp. 124
A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 125
Much Ado About Nothingp. 135
Othellop. 152
Richard IIIp. 157
Romeo and Julietp. 168
The Taming of the Shrewp. 178
The Tempestp. 183
Troilus and Cressidap. 186
Twelfth Nightp. 188
Two Gentlemen of Veronap. 192
The Manp. 198
The Philosopherp. 204
'Better than Shakespear?'p. 204
The Artist-Philosopherp. 213
A Void in the Elizabethan Dramap. 217
The Moral Order in Writingp. 219
Shakespeare and Bunyanp. 221
The Difference between Brieux and Moliere or Shakespearep. 225
Shakespeare and Ibsenp. 227
The Dramatistp. 230
A Dressing Room Secretp. 233
The 'Shakespearean Law'p. 240
A Debt to Burbagep. 241
Tragedy, Comedy, and Tragi-Comedyp. 242
The Interpretersp. 245
'Bad' Shakespearep. 245
A Prompt Book for Hamlet?p. 248
Shakespeare and Romantic Actingp. 250
Henry Irvingp. 252
Herbert Beerbohm Treep. 253
'On Cutting Shakespear'p. 255
'Shakespear: A Standard Text'p. 260
Epiloguep. 265
Shakes Versus Shavp. 265
Indexp. 271