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An Unsocial Socialist (Large Print) [Paperback]

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1913. Most of Shaw's early plays were either banned by the censor or refused production. He began the practice of writing the challenging, mocking, eloquent prefaces to his plays, which were sometimes longer than the play itself. In 1925 he won the Nobel prize. The Unsocial Socialist is one of Shaw's last satires and was the inspiration for the play, Smash. The book begins: In the dusk of an October evening, a sensible looking woman of forty came out through an oaken door to a broad landing on the first floor of an old English country-house. A braid of her hair had fallen forward as if she had been stooping over book or pen; and she stood for a moment to smooth it, and to gaze contemplatively-not in the least sentimentally-through the tall, narrow window. The sun was setting, but its glories were at the other side of the house; for this window looked eastward, where the landscape of sheepwalks and pasture land was sobering at the approach of darkness. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   524
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.05"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 11, 2008
Publisher   Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN  8184568673  
ISBN13  9788184568677  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) is one of the world s greatest literary figures. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he left school at fourteen and in 1876 went to London, where he began his literary career with a series of unsuccessful novels. In 1884 he became a founder of the Fabian Society, the famous British socialist organization. After becoming a reviewer and drama critic, he published a study of the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen in 1891 and became determined to create plays as he felt Ibsen did: to shake audiences out of their moral complacency and to attack social problems. However, Shaw was an irrepressible wit, and his plays are as entertaining as they are socially provocative. Basically shy, Shaw created a public persona for himself: G.B.S., a bearded eccentric, crusading social critic, antivivisectionist, language reformer, strict vegetarian, and renowned public speaker. The author of fifty-three plays, hundreds of essays, reviews, and letters, and several books, Shaw is best known for "Widowers Houses" (1892), "Mrs. Warren s Profession" (1893), "Arms and the Man" (1894), "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1898), "Man and Superman" (1903), "Major Barbara" (1905), "Pygmalion" (1913), "Heartbreak House" (1919), and "Saint Joan" (1923). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925."

George Bernard Shaw was born in 1856 and died in 1950.

George Bernard Shaw has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bantam Classics
  2. Bernard Shaw Library
  3. Dover Thrift Editions
  4. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)

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Put this one on top of your reading list  May 1, 2005
As the previous reviewer has noted this book is hard to put down. I was most impressed with the author's ability to successfully create a colorful (as in inflection-filled) and thus dynamic commentary. As to the somewhat transparent but, as highlited in the title, central topic, socialism, I feel this book has equally shown the positive and the negative consequences of its application all the while keeping true to its satire.
An Unsocial Socialist  Aug 26, 2000
Shaw's last, and in my opinion, best satire, An Unsocial Socialist is a wonderful book that is sadly not well known. The plot is pulls you in and the book spawned an equally great play, "Smash". I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

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