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Seven Plays
George Bernard Shaw
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Seven Plays

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Includes: Mrs. Warren's Profession; Arms and the Man; Candida; The Devil's Disciple; Caesar and Cleopatra; Man and Superman; Saint Joan.
Hardcover, 911 pages
Published 1958 by Dodd, Mead & Company (first published 1951)
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Jason Katz
The first five plays, you can take or leave. They are enjoyable, for the most part, but slight and forgettable. It is the last two plays in this collection, Man and Superman and Saint Joan, that are the real gems here, the astonishing works of art. They are both masterpieces, equally as good and memorable and brilliant as Shaw's Pygmalion, and they both ought to be remembered and read just as fondly. Why aren't they? Because neither has a musical with Audrey Hepburn based on it.

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The plays of George Bernard Shaw have, inevitably, become dated in any number of ways, but, for the most part, that hasn't diminished their bite by much. It is impossible for a brief review to adequately encompass the seven diverse, complex works gathered together in this volume. Included are well-known chestnuts (e.g., "Arms and the Man") mixed among lesser-know works of equal quality (e.g., "Mrs. Warren's Profession"), together forming a cross-section which renders Shaw's philosophy plain to s ...more
Oh, thank goodness, that is finally over! The plays themselves are quite enjoyable, and certainly one or two deserve the accompanying pieces of prose from the playwright himself, but Shaw insists on self-aggrandizement to the degree that I was almost too exhausted by him to read the actual plays. Shaw is a great thinker, and though I may not agree with him on several points, I believe the plays would have stood for themselves much better without the constant scenery-chewing of some of his prefac ...more
Amal Mattar
i just love Bernard Shaw….his portrayal of female character is rich..and he has revolutionary ideas for his time
Daniel Klawitter
"An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable."

"What a piece of work man is! says the poet. Yes; but what a blunderer! Here is the highest miracle of organization yet attained by life, the most intensely alive thing that exists, the most conscious of all the organisms; and yet, how wretched are his brains!"

"No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot."

" I have everything that disappointed me without anything that I have not already tried an
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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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