George Bernard Shaw Private Paper
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- Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950 (Person)
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Shaw viewed the theater as a platform for supporting social reform. He wrote over 50 plays, most of them comedies in which a debate on ethics is as important as the traditional dramatic values of characterization and emotional appeal. Among his well known plays are Pygmalion, Saint Joan, Caesar, Cleopatra, The Devil’s Disciple, and Arms and the Man. The Nobel Prize for literature was awarded Shaw in 1925. He used the money to establish the Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation for translations of Swedish literature into English.
Shaw conducted a large correspondence – often on postcards. He promoted a simplified alphabet, women’s rights, and vegetarianism. When he died at 94 (at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, on November 2, 1950), his will indicated that what remained of his 300,000 after death duties was to be left in trust for research on a “Proposed British Alphabet” of at least 40 letters. Shaw’s Corner, at Ayot St. Lawrence, his home since 1906, was left to the National Trust.
Note written by Judith H. Davis and Deborah A. Edwards
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- George Bernard Shaw Private Paper
- Judith H. Davis and Deborah A. Edwards
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