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Pygmalion, a romance in five acts,

Author: Bernard Shaw; Feliks Topolski
Publisher: New York, Penguin Books Inc. [1942]
Series: Penguin plays.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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????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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Comedies
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Shaw; Feliks Topolski
ISBN: 014048003X 9780140480030
OCLC Number: 1394787
Description: x, 157 pages illustrations 18 cm.
Series Title: Penguin plays.
Responsibility: by Bernard Shaw, with over a hundred drawings by Feliks Topolski.

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????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.

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