George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
July 26, 1856

Died
November 02, 1950

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George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes more palatable. In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.

An ardent socialist, Shaw was angered by what he perceived to be the exploitation of the working class. He wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Societ
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“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
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Polls

February 2016 Monthly Short Story Poll

1942, The Stranger by Albert Camus, 123 pages
 
  28 votes, 17.7%

1915, The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, 98 pages
 
  25 votes, 15.8%

1945, Animal Farm by George Orwell, 102 pages
 
  24 votes, 15.2%

1952, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages
 
  18 votes, 11.4%

1937, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 103 pages
 
  18 votes, 11.4%

1871, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.7%

 
  9 votes, 5.7%

1936, Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.4%

1960, Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges, 96 pages
 
  6 votes, 3.8%

1912, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 96 pages
 
  6 votes, 3.8%

1894, A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin, 26 pages
 
  6 votes, 3.8%

 
  2 votes, 1.3%

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