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Plays Unpleasant

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"I had no taste for what is called popular art, no respect for popular morality, no belief in popular religion, no admiration for popular heroics" With Plays Unpleasant, therefore, Shaw broke all the rules governing how a playwright should entertain his audience. In Widower's Houses, Harry Trench is engaged to brisk Blanche Sartorius. When he realizes that her father is a...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Penguin Classics (first published 1898)
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George Bernard Shaw has done it again. I got to know GBS's works through performances at the Washington (DC) Stage Guild in the 1990s. What depth of insight. And never a dearth of words. I think he might be one of the world's greatest playwrights, equaling and at times surpassing, Shakespeare. It doesn't hurt that Shaw's take on society, politics and economics meld with many of my own, but I think that he gets to the heart of things quickly and in a way that the reader might not have expected. D...more
David Sarkies
Bernard Shaw excels himself once again. Okay, one might ask what is a Christian doing reading Bernard Shaw. Well, ever since I read Pygmalion I have simply loved his work, and in fact he is one of the best modern playwrights to have ever walked this earth. His plays are well structured, characters very realistic, and themes are very topical. The theme that seems to run through most of his plays is that of the rights of a woman. To understand this theme one does need to understand the context in...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 2000.

The three plays in this volume, Widowers' Houses, The Philanderer and Mrs Warren's Profession, are Shaw's earliest plays. Considered extremely daring at the time - it proved impossible to produce Mrs Warren's Profession for over twenty years - they can still in places shock us today. Each play is a blatant attack on Victorian society, on the hypocrisy of those who believe themselves morally blameless yet condemn the poor to live in degrading...more
Susan Trezins
I read "The Philanderer". It will be produced at the 2014 Shaw Festival.
Yamini Chandra
3 good plays from one of the most distinguished writers. I liked The Philanderer, Widowers' Houses and Mrs Warren's Profession- in that order.
Mrs. Warren's Profession is the best one in this set of plays, and not just because of the controversy. Just a real good story!
Definitely early plays. Glad I read it, because I'm interested in Shaw, but I didn't love any of the plays.
Denise M
Read at the end of high school. The Plays Pleasant are so much more fun!
I read the plays but Shaw's prefaces were unreadable.
For a class, pretty good but a bit plain
Perceptive and ahead of its times.
I liked it a lot.
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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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