Biography of George Bernard Shaw

 Biography of George Bernard Shaw

Who is George Bernard Shaw?  And what is the education of Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and literary critic. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 186 in Dublin, Ireland to George Carr Shaw and Lucinda Elizabeth Shaw. Form a very young age he was fascinated with Mozart.

Mozart great’s skills always amazed George, and he studied his works. He taught himself how to play the piano. He was tutored by his uncle before he attended the Wesley College in Dublin. Then, he was transferred to a private school. Later he continued in the Central Model School in Dublin.

What are the Interests of Shaw?

George gained knowledge about art, music and literature from his visits to the National Gallery of Ireland with his mother. By the age of sixteen, he started to work in an agency and traveled to London.

There, he wrote five his novels. After he came back to London in his twenties, he struggled finically but his mother supported him. There, he worked on his first novel.

Shaw’s semi-autobiographical work, Immaturity, Written in 1879 but published in 1930 failed to garner any interest. His next four novels were also rejected. Most of the articles he submitted to the press were rejected as well.

Why he joined the Non-Revolutionary Group  

He started to take interest in politics. Shaw was an activist and a socialist. He joined the Fabian Society, a non-revolutionary group. He edited articles for the Society called the Fabian Essays in Socialism in 1889.

He was selected by Frank Harris and became a theater critic for the Saturday Review. Consequently, he started to write plays which were based on serious themes.

Became a Journalist

Shaw became a staff journalist for the Pall Mall Gazette in 1885.  Later, he published his books in sets called Pleasant and Unpleasant. His and You Never Can Tell (1895) were included in Pleasant, while Widower’s Houses (1892)   The in Philanderer (1893) and Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1893) were a part of Unpleasant.

Shaw’s Arms and the Man were published in 1894. It was a satire on the bravura style. He then came up with his next book called Mrs. Warren’s Profession. The story shed light on the economic necessity and the struggle of women that led them to questionable professions. Shaw never took a break from his writing.

When he Released Candida? And what are best plays of Shaw during 19th century

In 1895, he released Candida. It was admired for its powerful characters portrayals. The plot revolved around Candida’s marriage, questioning the Victorian ideals of love and marriage and what a woman truly desires. In 1904, Candida was successfully performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

In 1901, There Plays for Puritans was published, which included The Devil’s Disciple, a play about the American Revolution and a Victorian Melodrama. The play was an instant success. Shaw went on to write Caesar and Cleopatra (1899) and the Admirable Bashville (1909), which were two of his most brilliant plays of all time.

In his later writing years, Shaw’s remarkable works included Saint Joan (1923) and John Bull’s Other Island (1904). Shaw was officially established as a leading dramatist of his time especially after his Nobel Prize win.          

Award and Achievements  

Shaw’s 1913 hit Pygmalion was perhaps his most famous commercial success and certainly his most humorous work. Producer Gabriel Pascal wished to adapt the play into the movie, however Shaw refused. He was reluctant due to the unsatisfactory quality of his previous adaptations.

However, impressed by Pascal’s perseverance he finally agreed. The film released in 1938 and was adapted into a Broadway musical named My Fair Lady in 1956. The movie version of Pygmalion received an Oscar for the best screenplay in 1938.

Love Life and Say to Good Bye to the world

Shaw lived a happy married life with Charlotte Payn whom he married in 1898. She was also a part of the Fabian Society. He died at the age of 94 on November 02, 1950.  

Best Plays by Shaw: –

Pall Mall Gazette in 1885

His and You Never Can Tell (1895)

The in Philanderer (1893)

Widower’s Houses (1892

Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1893)

Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

Woman truly desires. In 1904,

The Royal Court Theatre in London.

The Devil’s Disciple, a play

Admirable Bashville (1909),

Caesar and Cleopatra (1899)