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Fanny's First Play

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MARGARET. No. I wish I had. I could have had the same experience in better company. Please sit down, Monsieur Duvallet. [She sits between the table and the sofa. Mrs Knox, overwhelmed, sits at the other side of the table. Knox remains standing in the middle of the room].
Published (first published 1912)
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Leslie
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had never heard of this satire by Shaw before. I did read the preface, which I normally skip or read afterwards, and am glad I did so as certain aspects of the play were much funnier knowing Shaw had published this play anonymously.

This play features a "play within the play". The 'inner' play is a spoof on the comedy-of-manners social satire such as Oscar Wilde wrote; it is about 2 middle-class families each of which have parents striving to maintain respectability and/or morality after sudde
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Brad
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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While the usual Shavian interventions into gender, class and family are there, though the device of a play within the play, of critics analyzing a play, Shaw also pokes fun at what he thinks people think of him.
Paul Pellicci
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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Parts were enjoyable but Fanny's need to tell her father the truth seemed a more daunting task than it really was...like what was the big deal?
Tiffany
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this play, definitely a read that will help open minds about raising and controlling children.
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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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