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Plays by George Bernard Shaw: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman

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George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness—coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes society, military heroism, marriage, and the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, a ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Signet (first published 1960)
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Roy Lotz
Apr 13, 2015 Roy Lotz rated it really liked it
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No author who has ever known the exultation of sending the press into an hysterical tumult of protest, of moral panic, of involuntary and frantic confession of sin, of a horror of conscience in which the power of distinguishing between the work of art on the stage and the real life of the spectator is confused and overwhelmed, will ever care for the stereotyped compliments which every successful farce or melodrama exhibits from the newspaper.

It seems a mystery of science why some writing, thou
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Phillip
Jul 28, 2011 Phillip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are times when Shaw is incredible. He can be so funny, in that dry snarky way late 19th century Englishmen could. And I absolutely love Arms and the Man. But I have a couple of issues with the other plays here. Mrs. Warren's Profession didn't make that much of an impression on me, though I imagine it would be more shocking to a contemporary audience not used to seeing sexuality displayed on stage. I didn't care for the end of Candida, mostly because it seemed like a very conventional endin ...more
Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man And Superman: -

The idea had been around for a while, in various - genuine, not cartoon - forms, one supposes. At any rate various people developed it according to their best capacities of conception and perception. And it was a natural idea, after all. When one looks at evolution, it is only natural to expect that it might not be yet finished, and there might be higher rungs. If one thinks of creation, why suppose it is over? Who are humans to dictate that Divine can appear only once or is
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Jul 06, 2011 Sebastyne rated it it was amazing
I love GBS, he is the most observant writer who has a canny understanding of how people function. The little details that most people miss are in his writing, making it such a delight to read! Sometimes he could be called long winded, but he wants to fully give you an understanding of what is happening, and he does it with so much observation - I found it surprising how he could describe fashion in such detail that most women would fail at it.

But I mostly enjoyed the conversation in Hell, betwee
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Jeremiah Henry
May 13, 2014 Jeremiah Henry rated it really liked it
The plays, of course, are fantastic. This edition is very cheap though. I suppose it's a good buy on a budget, but I would recommend reading from a copy that's a bit more ergonomic.
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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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