George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A selective list of online literary criticism for playwright George Bernard Shaw, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars, articles published in reviewed sources, and web sites that adhere to the MLA Guidelines for Web Sites


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literary criticism & introduction

Cox, Gareth Shaw and The Don: George Bernard Shaw's Reception of Mozart's Don Giovanni. A talk given to the Limerick Philosophical Society, Ireland, in 1993.

Dietrich, Richard Farr. Detail about Shaw productions, past, present and future, and theaters that often produce Shaw's plays, from a noted Shavian.

Dietrich, Richard Farr. Full-text chapters on Shaw from Richard Farr Dietrich's British Drama 1890 to 1950: A Critical History. Chapter on Early Shaw; Chapter on Shaw's plays 1900-1930; Chapter on Late Shaw. For British Drama Table of Contents.

"The Nobel Prize in Literature 1925."Shaw's page at the Nobel prize web site.

"George Bernard Shaw." An introduction to Shaw from the (UK) Guardian, with links to additional Guardian articles on GBS. Includes the 1977 letter from playwright John Osborn who famously complained, among other remarks, that Shaw "writes like a Pakistani who had learned English when he was twelve years old in order to become a chartered accountant."

"Belligerent romantic: Fifty years after his death at 94, George Bernard Shaw is the least fashionable of playwrights and is vilified for his politics. But Michael Holroyd, his biographer, argues that he has been unfairly demonised and calls for a Shavian revival." In the Guardian, December 16, 2000.

"The Quintessential G.B.S." An online exhibit, shows first edition covers and title pages from Shaw's plays, from Brown Univ.

"Music, Theater, and Popular Entertainment in Victorian Britain," an overview from the Victorian Web.

Mazer, Cary M. A brief introduction to Shaw from a Univ. of Penn. drama professor.

Chothia, Jean An introduction to George Bernard Shaw from the Literary Encyclopedia, 20 November 2001 [subscription service].

Newton, Ken. On Arms and the Man (1894); on The Devil's Disciple (1897); on Saint Joan (1924) in the Literary Encyclopedia [subscription service].

Scullion, Val. Pygmalion (1914) in the Literary Encyclopedia [subscription service].

"The Fabian Society." Old article, mentions Shaw. The New England Magazine 16, 1 (1894).

"Socialism in England," old article that mentions Shaw. The North American Review 143, 358 (1886).

Study questions for Mrs. Warren's Profession from Prof. Alfred Drake.

A review of Mrs. Warren's Profession which notes that its issues "are as relevant today as they were more than a century ago. Even today for too many women, careers in the sex industry offer a lifestyle of luxury far in excess of anything they could expect from other work." Review of the Peter Allen production, London 2003, in Curtain Up.


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