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Three Plays for Puritans
George Bernard Shaw
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Three Plays for Puritans

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This volume reveals Shaw's constant delight in turning received wisdom upside down & celebrates the triumph of individual conscience over accepted morality. The volume comprises The Devil's Disciple, Caesar & Cleopatra & Captain Brassbound's Conversion.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was one of the most prolific writers of the modern theater. He invented the m
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Aug 06, 2007 Thorir2007 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who do not mind reading plays
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At least one of the three plays in this volume is a masterpiece. It is the one that made G.B. Shaw famous. It is called "The Devil's Disciple." The action takes place in New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War. It shows Loyalists, Royalists, Puritans, priests, British generals, et al - the way they really were. It is NOT about the War - it's about people. Amazingly enough (coming as it does from a radical atheist), the play is thoroughly Christian in spirit. It premiered here in the States, i ...more
Michael Meeuwis
There's too much Shaw in print, basically: the older plays from "Plays Political," for example, should exist only in ancient editions in university libraries where unfortunate MA students should read them. These plays, from I guess the late-middle of Shaw's career, are excellent--"Caesar and Cleopatra," in particular, is unlike anything I've read before. These are, in other words, actual plays, rather than polemics in dialogue form. I can't say what any of these plays is "about"--and, in light o ...more
David Sarkies
The one thing that stands out to me in this collection of plays is in Shaw's introduction where is theorises on whether it is possible to be better than Shakespeare. Now, Shakespeare is undoutably a literary master, though there is some debate as to whether Shakespeare is actually the author of many of his plays (though it should be noted that he did borrow a lot of his ideas for his plays from other sources, such as Plutarch). This it not the discussion here, though there are many who would co ...more
Goddess Of Blah
All 3 plays in this collection are extremely witty. Much more superior to GBS's more famous plays such as Pygmalion (better known as My Fair Lady).

And as with all GBS's plays there's brilliant social, political and moral observations, all dispensed in a comical witty manner. And a hint of romance which is never seen through (i.e. the couple decide it's better not to be together).

Play 1: The Devil's Disciple:
Synopsis: Set in Colonial America (Websterbridge, New Hampshire) during the Revolution
Stef Rozitis
I loved this when I was a teenager. For some reason I thought I was being naughty by reading it
I only read one of the plays, and even that one wasn't that great. I get the feeling I'm not a big Shaw fan, even if he does write some clever commentaries on the world.
It seems to me that of all the forms of literature, plays age the worst.
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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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