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George Bernard Shaw


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
July 26, 1856

Died
November 02, 1950

Genre

Influences


George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes more palatable. In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.

An ardent socialist, Shaw was angered by what he perceived to be the exploitation of the working class. He wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Societ
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“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
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Polls

June 2016 New School Classic Poll

 
  41 votes, 18.6%

 
  36 votes, 16.4%

 
  23 votes, 10.5%

1955, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages
 
  20 votes, 9.1%

1913, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 134 pages
 
  19 votes, 8.6%

1930, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 267 pages
 
  18 votes, 8.2%

 
  13 votes, 5.9%

1995, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, 334 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.0%

 
  9 votes, 4.1%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 424 pages
 
  7 votes, 3.2%

1988, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, 649 pages
 
  6 votes, 2.7%

1971, Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 569 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.3%

1957, The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas, 200 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.3%

1958, Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, 220 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.8%

1987, Cities of Salt by Abdul Rahman Munif, 627 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.4%

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