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The Philanderer

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Paperback, 56 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1913)
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An amusing commentary on marriage, and the new 'feminist' attitudes. The Manly women vs. the feminine women. It seems by the end of the play, no ideology is proved or disproved, but rather Shaw has made fun of the whole situation. Marriage is funny, and hopeless, and being a strong woman and allowing oneself to possess love is equally as funny. The play is an exploration of ideas in a playful, teasing manner. He published it in a collection called, "Plays Unpleasant", which is telling. He inten ...more
One of the hard things about appreciating Shaw, particularly an older,less famous play such as the Philanderer, is overcoming a pile of prejudice and misinformation which includes Shaw's supposed asexuality, the assumed social naïveté of a play written in 1893, the "unpleasantness" of the play, and in general the presumed superiority of contemporary values.

It doesn't help that Shaw himself helped foster some of those preconceptions, but I cannot fault him for it. He did so in the course of good
This was a nice play , not a patricularly striking one. It was entertaining albeit a little bit too short . The wit is extremely subtle , sometimes you have to think twice about what the characters say and what they really mean . It was really interesting how in a society full of masks , poker faces , those who show their true colors are more or less shunned . I enjoyed this depiction of the 19th century society and how women were starting to grow out of their meek housewives selves . It can cer ...more
Sangita Mazumder
This classic unpleasant play was written in 1898, though it was not staged until 1902 because of the strict British Censorship Laws.

The play starts with the leading character Leonard Charteris making love with Grace Tranfield. The play flows ceaselessly with these two characters until we are introduced to Julia Craven and her wild outburst of emotions. The play revolves centering Leonard and Julia who were once lovers.

It was an amusing experience to read (re-read to be exact) the play. Several i
Comedy graduate course
Laura Verret
I did feel a bit sorry for Julia towards the end, but other than that.........
A short play and quite an average one at that.
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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 ...more
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“CHARTERIS [unfolding his arms in terror] No, please. Dont. As a philosopher, it’s my business to tell other people the truth; but it’s not their business to tell it to me. I dont like it: it hurts.” 2 likes
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