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Shaw Shaw Abroad The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies by Rodelle Weintraub

Shaw Shaw Abroad The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies

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Shaw Shaw Abroad The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies by Rodelle Weintraub

In addition to providing much fascinating new material about Bernard Shaw, this volume covers so much of his active life from 1889, before his first play was completed, through his world travels of the 1930s that it comes close to being a biography of the public Shaw as well as a probing look at the private Shaw.Shaw's first travels were to Bayreuth as a Wagner pilgrim and to Holland and Belgium for their art and theater. Italy was next, and the result was Shaw's self-styled Pre-Raphaelite play, Candida. Shaw visited Sweden and met the irascible Strindberg, whose notorious plays he admired, and returned many times to Ireland John Bull's Other Island as tourist and self-exile. Crossings to France a nation he disliked with Anglophilic intensity led to Saint Joan and The Six of Calais, while visits to Italy in his sixties and seventies are seen here, in a remarkable exploration certain to stir controversy, as a last surging of Shaw's banked amorous fires, with repercussions in the later plays.In his later travels Shaw became enmeshed in other countries' politics, sometimes deliberately, sometimes unawares; he was a political myopic in Russia, a pawn in Yugoslavia, a gadfly in Japan as well as in Hong Kong and China, and a prophet in South Africa, where he wrote The Black Girl in Search of God. Voyages to India and New Zealand led to his mystical and misunderstood The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles. In the United States he spoke from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, hobnobbed with cinema stars in Hollywood, and admired if nothing else in America the Grand Canyon.Included is a little-known article by G.B.S. on how to cross Switzerland speedily by auto without being picked up by the police, and a typically cantankerous pair of interviews on visiting the Holy Land.

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Publication date

7th November 1990


Rodelle Weintraub

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Pennsylvania State University Press


328 pages


Plays, playscripts
Literary studies: plays & playwrights
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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