George Bernard Shaw


Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote more than 60 plays during his lifetime and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. Shaw was born on July 26 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. In 1876, he moved to London, where he wrote regularly but struggled financially. In 1895, he became a theatre critic for the Saturday Review and began writing plays of his own. His play Pygmalion was later made into a film twice and the screenplay he wrote for the first version of it won an Oscar. Shaw’s first plays were published in volumes titled Plays Unpleasant (containing Widowers’ Houses, The Philanderer and Mrs Warren’s Profession) and Plays Pleasant (which included Arms and the Man, Candida, The Man of Destiny and You Never Can Tell). The plays were filled with what would become Shaw’s signature wit, accompanied by healthy doses of social criticism.

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