RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 18415481 LA English T1 Bernard Shaw A1 Holroyd, Michael., PB Random House PP New York YR 1988 SN 0394525779 9780394525778 0394575539 9780394575537 0394575547 9780394575544 067941987X 9780679419877 AB To his own generation Bernard Shaw's greatest creation seemed to be himself. Playwright, wit, socialist, polemicist and irresistible charmer, he was the most controversial literary figure of his age and the scourge of all that was most oppressive in late-Victorian England. In his writing and public speeches, he embodied the unfamiliar virtues of reason, sense and unanswerable good humor. And yet, as the opening volume of this masterly four-volume biography makes clear, Shaw's invention of this monumental figure was a paradoxical method of concealment and his way of coming to terms with a world that had abandoned him in childhood. - Jacket flap.