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Shaw Program Collection

Overview
Works: 164 works in 668 publications in 7 languages and 672 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Biography  Comedy plays  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Manuscripts  Musicals  Film adaptations  Juvenile works 
Classifications: PR5363, 822.912
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Most widely held works by Shaw Program Collection
Candida : a pleasant play by Bernard Shaw( )

35 editions published between 1895 and 1997 in English and French and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Candida centers on a romantic triangle and parodies courtly love and the domestic drama of Ibsen. It abounds with classical allusions, the fervor of a religious revival, and poetic inspiration and aspirations."--Publisher's description
Saint Joan : a chronicle play in six scenes and an epilogue by Bernard Shaw( )

32 editions published between 1920 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatizes the trial, career, and execution of Joan of Arc
Bernard Shaw's Arms and the man : a composite production book by Bernard Shaw( )

29 editions published between 1894 and 1991 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arms and the man starts with gunfire on a dark street in a small provincial town. The romantic and willful Raina is about to begin her true-life adventure by sheltering the handsome fugitive Bluntschli, enemy of her equally handsome fiancé Sergius. The men may all be heroes - or fools, since this is Shaw's comic view of Balkan chivalry, but the women are definitely more than their match
Pygmalion : a romance in five acts by Bernard Shaw( )

29 editions published between 1914 and 1987 in 5 languages and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own. This is the definitive text produced under the editorial supervision of Dan H. Laurence, with an illuminating introduction by Nicholas Grene, discussing the language and politics of the play. Also included in this volume is Shaw's preface, as well as his 'sequel' written for the first publication in 1916, to rebut public demand for a more conventionally romantic ending
Heartbreak House : a fantasia in the Russian manner on English themes by Bernard Shaw( )

22 editions published between 1920 and 1997 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the distinguished comic dramatist's more somber plays, this entertaining allegory examines apathy, confusion and lack of purpose as causes of major world problems, with larger-than-life characters representing the evils of the modern world
Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw( )

21 editions published between 1905 and 2001 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a Salvation Army officer learns that her father, a wealthy armaments manufacturer, has donated lots of money to her organization, she resigns in disgust but eventually sees the truth of her father's reasoning that social iniquity derives from poverty; it is only through accumulating wealth and power that people can help each other
Two plays for Puritans by Bernard Shaw( )

22 editions published between 1897 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man takes sides with the Devil against straight laced Puritan respectability in the threatening days of the Revolutionary War
Mrs. Warren's profession by Bernard Shaw( )

21 editions published between 1901 and 1997 in English and Danish and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of Bernard Shaw's early plays of social protest, Mrs. Warren's Profession places the protagonist's decision to become a prostitute in the context of the appalling conditions for working class women in Victorian England. Faced with ill health, poverty, and marital servitude on the one hand, and opportunities for financial independence, dignity, and self-worth on the other, Kitty Warren follows her sister into a successful career in prostitution. Shaw's fierce social criticism in this play is driven not by conventional mrality, but by anger at the hypocrisy that allows society to condemn prostitution while condoning the discrimination against women that makes prostitution inevitable." "This Broadview edition includes a comprehensive historical and critical introduction; extracts from Shaw's prefaces to the play; Shaw's expurgations of the text; early reviews of the play in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain; and contemporary contextual documents on prostitution, incest, censorship, women's education, and the "New Woman.""--Jacket
You never can tell by Bernard Shaw( )

20 editions published between 1899 and 1987 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A farcical tale set in an English seaside hotel, the play deals with the intrigues of the Clandon family and their guests, the womanizing Valentine and the 'new woman', Gloria. A case of mistaken identity is resolved and the Clandons are reunited with their missing father. The play ends with the conversion of Gloria and Valentine to a more conventional way of life and their decision to marry
Man and superman : [a comedy and a philosophy by Bernard Shaw( )

20 editions published between 1905 and 1981 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Shaw's classic battle of the sexes, John Tanner flees when Ann Whitefield declares her intention to marry him
Caesar and Cleopatra : a history by Bernard Shaw( )

18 editions published between 1899 and 1999 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Caesar and Cleopatra, George Bernard Shaw uses his legendary wit to turn ancient history on its head - and to challenge Shakespeare's view of his two famous protagonists. Political drama meets sparkling comedy as veteran strategist Julius Caesar becomes mentor to the enchanting teenage queen of Roman-occupied Egypt. From her first timid encounter with Caesar under a desert moon, Cleopatra grows in strength to become a determined player in the game of power politics - but has she really learned what Caesar wanted to teach her? In his inimitable style, Shaw turns this centuries-old story into a hilarious yet affecting critique of human nature that remains as pertinent today as when he wrote it - reminding readers once again why he is regarded as one of the English language's greatest playwrights
Misalliance by Bernard Shaw( )

16 editions published between 1924 and 1981 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking place on a single day in May 1909, a self-made millionaire and his family invite their future nobleman in-law for a visit to their estate in Surrey, England. In this delightfully clever play, issues of gender, class, politics, and family are all targets for Shaw's keen wit
The apple cart : a political extravaganza by Bernard Shaw( )

15 editions published between 1929 and 1986 in English and German and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National Theatre, direction: A.L. Erlanger & W.H. Rapley, business management, S.E. Cochran. The Theatre Guild Acting Company and guest players in "The Apple Cart," a political extravaganza in two acts and an interlude by Bernard Shaw, staged by Philip Moeller, settings by Lee Simonson
Fanny's first play by Bernard Shaw( )

13 editions published between 1911 and 1965 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Collier's Comedy Theatre, the Messrs. Shubert announce Lillah McCarthy's and Granville Barker's company in "Fanny's First Play," by xxxxxx xxxxxx???, produced by Granville Barker, George Bernard Shaw's best play
Back to Methuselah by Bernard Shaw( )

13 editions published between 1923 and 2000 in English and German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play which begins with Adam and Eve and ends in 31,920 AD, Shaw's witty vision of the future of mankind has a wry resonance for us all at the beginning of the twenty-first century
The shewing-up of Blanco Posnet ; and, Fanny's first play : definitive text by Bernard Shaw( )

12 editions published between 1909 and 1969 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folder contains fragments of the printed script mounted on blank leaves, with manuscript annotations, stage directions, blocking and cues
John Bull's other island by Bernard Shaw( )

12 editions published between 1904 and 1987 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mansfield Theatre, Aldrich & Myers, in association with Brian Doherty, present Hilton Edwards and Micheal MacLiammoir with their Dublin Gate Theatre Productions in a festival of Irish comedies, "John Bull's Other Island," a comedy by Bernard Shaw, production directed by Hilton Edwards, settings designed and painted by Molly MacEwen
Village wooing; an unladylike comediettina for two voices in three conversations by Bernard Shaw( )

12 editions published between 1934 and 1989 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philanderer by Bernard Shaw( )

11 editions published between 1905 and 1997 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Philanderer, Shaw's devilishly comic play introduces Leonard Charteris, a man committed to remaining unattached. He is a philosophizing philanderer who believes that only conventional people marry while advanced people form "charming friendships." But when he meets a self-described "new woman" who belongs only to herself and is the property of no man, he finds he may have met his match, if not his mate. Charteris, ''likes to tell the truth, but doesn't want to hear it'' and confesses he ''could love any woman as long as she was pretty.'' Leonard finds himself in the awkward situation of being romantically involved with two women at the same time - the jealous Julia Craven and Grace Tranfield, a young widow. Leonard's particular dilemma is how to end his affair with Julia. He will even resort to marriage - either his own or Julia's - to accomplish this. At the center of the play is the ''Ibsen Club, '' a new society that advocates only the most modern and advanced views and for which the only requirement for membership is that a woman not act womanly and a man refrain from manly behavior. ''It must be a den of infamy, '' Grace's father observes when told of the rules. ''And so it is, '' Leonard assures him. Julia, in total disregard for the precepts of ''Ibsenism, '' begins to behave like a 'woman', tearily refusing to accept that her affair with Leonard is over. Leonard finally turns to Dr. Paramore, the discoverer of a rare and fatal liver disease from which Julia's father is suffering, and tries to persuade him to marry Julia. But Dr. Paramore may be on the brink of ruin. He has just learned that his research is dubious and the disease that bears his name may not exist. That Julia's father might now live is small consolation
Don Juan in hell. From Man and superman by Bernard Shaw( )

11 editions published between 1943 and 1973 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Gregory in association with The Olneys presents The First Drama Quartette in "Don Juan in Hell," by George Bernard Shaw, with Charles Boyer as Don Juan, Charles Laughton as The Devil, Sir Cedric Hardwicke as The Statue, Agnes Moorehead as Donna Anna
 
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