Washington Square Press' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Pygmalion includes the analysis of Eric Bentley from his book Bernard Shaw. Essential biographical and historical background is provided, together with notes, critical excerpts, and suggestions for further reading. A unique visual essay of period illustrations and photographs helps bring the play to life.
“My way of joking is to tell the truth: It is the funniest joke in the world.”—G. B. Shaw
With an Introduction by Eric Bentley
and an Afterword by Norman Lloyd
In the course of his career, Einstein wrote more than 300 scientific and 150 nonscientific publications. These essays date from the 1930s and 40s. In direct, everyday language the author develops a coherent view that transcends both the antiquated religion of fear and the modern religion of ethics. His concept of cosmic religion combines science and religion, with science forming the basis for a more enlightened religion. In these essays and aphorisms, Einstein also reflects on pacifism, disarmament, and Zionism. In addition to a brief biography of the author, this volume includes a warm appreciation by George Bernard Shaw.
In Shaw's clever adaptation, Professor Henry Higgins, a linguistic expert, takes on a bet that he can transform an awkward cockney flower seller into a refined young lady simply by polishing her manners and changing the way she speaks. In the process of convincing society that his creation is a mysterious royal figure, the Professor also falls in love with his elegant handiwork.
The irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, together with Shaw's brilliant dialogue and splendid skills as a playwright, have made Pygmalion one of the most popular comedies in the English language. A staple of college drama courses, it is still widely performed.
First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man continues to be among the most performed of Shaw’s plays around the world. The play is reprinted in its entirety here from an authoritative British edition, and is complete with Shaw's stimulating preface to Volume II of Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant.
An episode from Act Three of Man and Superman, "Don Juan in Hell" is often presented independently of the rest of the play. Rooted in the Don Juan legend — particularly as it appears in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni — this dream sequence forms a play within a play. It consists of a dramatic reading in which three characters from Man and Superman appear in archetypal guises: Don Juan, the libertine turned moralist; Doña Ana, the eternal female; and the Commander, a hypocrite transformed into a statue. The Devil himself joins their spirited debate on the nature of heaven and hell, of good and evil, and of human purpose, for a captivating blend of Shavian wit and Nietzschean philosophy.
All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book.
“What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn’t come every day.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion, created the character of Eliza Doolittle and has awed audiences on stage, in film as, My Fair Lady, and in this dramatic text.
“I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
In George Bernard Shaw's classic drama, Pygmalion, Professor Henry Higgins transforms a low-class flower-seller into a lady, all through changing the way she speaks. This funny, romantic and thought-provoking play is a classic work that should be read by all fans of Eliza Doolittle.
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The eponymous heroine, an officer in the Salvation Army, is the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy armaments manufacturer. When the Army accepts donations from Undershaft and a whiskey distiller, whose money Barbara regards as tainted, 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.
In one of his best-loved plays, Pygmalion, which later became the basis for the musical My Fair Lady, Shaw compels the audience to see the utter absurdity and hypocrisy of class distinction when Professor Henry Higgins wagers that he can transform a common flower girl into a lady—and then pass her off as a duchess—simply by changing her speech and manners.
In Major Barbara Shaw spins out the drama of an eccentric millionaire, a romantic poet, and a misguided savior of souls, Major Barbara herself, in a topsy-turvy masterpiece of sophisticated banter and urbane humor. His brilliant dialogue, combined with his use of paradox and socialist theory, never fails to tickle, entertain—and challenge.
From the Paperback edition.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Shaw’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels, plays and other texts
* 44 plays, with individual contents tables
* Includes rare dramas, available in no other collection
* 4 novels, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Includes almost the complete non-fiction, including Shaw’s seminal work on Ibsen
* Special criticism study on Shaw by G. K. Chesterton, evaluating Shaw’s contribution to literature
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Please note: due to US copyright restrictions, 28 later plays, the novel IMMATURITY and Shaw’s short story collection cannot appear in this edition. When new texts become available in your public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.
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THE IRRATIONAL KNOT
LOVE AMONG THE ARTISTS
CASHEL BYRON’S PROFESSION
AN UNSOCIAL SOCIALIST
MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION
ARMS AND THE MAN
THE MAN OF DESTINY
YOU NEVER CAN TELL
THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA
CAPTAIN BRASSBOUND’S CONVERSION
THE ADMIRABLE BASHVILLE, OR CONSTANCY UNREWARDED
MAN AND SUPERMAN
JOHN BULL’S OTHER ISLAND
HOW HE LIED TO HER HUSBAND
PASSION, POISON, AND PETRIFACTION
THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA
THE INTERLUDE AT THE PLAYHOUSE
THE SHEWING-UP OF BLANCO POSNET
FASCINATING FOUNDLING: DISGRACE TO THE AUTHOR
THE GLIMPSE OF REALITY
SUGGESTED ACT III ENDING FOR BARKER’S ‘THE MADRAS HOUSE’
THE DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS
FANNY’S FIRST PLAY
ANDROCLES AND THE LION
OVERRULED: A DEMONSTRATION
THE MUSIC CURE
O’FLAHERTY, V. C.
THE INCA OF PERUSALEM
AUGUSTUS DOES HIS BIT
SKIT FOR THE TIPTAFT REVUE
ANNAJANSKA, THE BOLSHEVIK EMPRESS
BACK TO METHUSELAH: A METABIOLOGICAL PENTATEUCH
THE WAR INDEMNITIES
THE PERFECT WAGNERITE
QUINTESSENCE OF IBSENISM
THE IMPOSSIBILITIES OF ANARCHISM
THE REVOLUTIONIST’S HANDBOOK AND POCKET COMPANION
MAXIMS FOR REVOLUTIONISTS
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW by G. K. Chesterton
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Shaw's second tactic to launch a successful staging was to make his audiences think that Pygmalion, which referenced Ovid's Metamorphosis, was a classical play. In the Metamorphosis, Pygmalion becomes celibate after becoming fed up with women, whereafter he pursues the ideal female which he carves out of ivory. After making a quick sacrifice to the gods, Pygmalion's woman comes to life.
In the Beginning: B.C. 4004 (In the Garden of Eden); The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas: Present Day; The Thing Happens: A.D. 2170; Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman: A.D. 3000; As Far as Thought Can Reach: A.D. 31,920
The plays were published with a preface titled The Infidel Half Century, and first performed in 1922 by the New York Theatre Guild at the Garrick Theatre.
Henrietta, his adoring wife, 'loves' him: he must abandon her. Son of a millionaire, he gives up everything to pose as an 'umble peasant'. But when this unsocial socialist goes to work as a gardener in the vicinity of a girls' school he meets his match - for Agatha Wylie is a new kind of woman, perfectly armed: and she doesn't love him.
With the character of his clown-prophet Trefusis, George Bernard Shaw presented for the first time his view of what the relationship between the sexes should be. Galloping, exuberant, and irresistibly entertaining, AN UNSOCIAL SOCIALIST is a brilliant satire on social prejudice from a great author of the past.
Along with Mother Courage, the character of Galileo is one of Brecht's
greatest creations, immensely live, human and complex. Unable to resist
his appetite for scientific investigation, Galileo's heretical
discoveries about the solar system bring him to the attention of the
Inquisition. He is scared into publicly abjuring his theories but,
despite his self-contempt, goes on working in private, eventually
helping to smuggle his writings out of the country.
examination of the problems that face not only the scientist but also
the whole spirit of free inquiry when brought into conflict with the
requirements of government or official ideology, Life of Galileo has few equals. Written in exile in 1937-9 and first performed in Zurich in 1943, Galileo
was first staged in English in 1947 by Joseph Losey in a version
jointly prepared by Brecht and Charles Laughton, who played the title
role. Printed here is the complete translation by John Willett.
Published in Methuen Drama's Modern Classics series, this edition features an introduction and extensive notes and textual variants.
Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the “best” houses while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating comedy, Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society’s narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.
The ebook also features an interview Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s only grandchild, and author of The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde.
By merging text and audio, this is a perfect learning tool for enhancing comprehension and enjoyment. The text includes plot summaries of each scene, and it is highly recommended as a study aid for students, teachers, actors and directors.
Includes scene-by-scene and word-for-word text and audio of L.A. Theatre Works’ full cast performance starring:
Martin Jarvis as Lord Illingworth
Peter Dennis as Sir John Pontefract
Jim Norton as Mr. Kelvil, M.P.
Robert Machray as The Ven. Archdeacon Daubeny, D.D.
Paul Gutrecht as Gerald Arbuthnot
Miriam Margolyes as Lady Hunstanton
Jane Carr as Lady Caroline Pontefract
Judy Geeson as Lady Stutfield
Cherie Lunghi as Mrs. Allonby and Alice
Samantha Mathis as Miss Hester Worsley
Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Arbuthnot.
Adapted by Martin Jarvis and directed by Michael Hackett for L.A. Theatre Works.
Known as “The Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest English-language writer known. Enormously popular during his life, Shakespeare’s works continue to resonate more than three centuries after his death, as has his influence on theatre and literature. Shakespeare’s innovative use of character, language, and experimentation with romance as tragedy served as a foundation for later playwrights and dramatists, and some of his most famous lines of dialogue have become part of everyday speech.
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It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald Margulies, who writes, "You are holding in your hands a great American play. Possibly the great American play." In addition, Tappan Wilder has written an eye-opening new Afterword, which includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.