Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue

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Penguin, 2001 - Drama - 163 pages
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With 'Saint Joan', Shaw reached the height of his fame as a dramatist. In this magnificent play he distilled many of the ideas he had been trying to express in earlier works on the subject of politics, religion and creative evolution. Fascinated by the story of Joan of Arc, but unhappy with the way she had traditionally been depicted, Shaw wanted to remove 'the whitewash which disfigures her beyond recognition'. He presents a realistic Joan - proud, intolerant, na´ve, foolhardy, always brave - a rebel who challenged the conventions and values of her day. As Imogen Stubbs writes, 'All Joans are relevant but some Joans are more relevant than others - I think Shaw's Saint Joan is the right one to be received by the twenty-first century.

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User Review  - Caro - Goodreads

What a goddamn brilliant play. I've gone round in my head about this a lot since I finished it three weeks ago, because parts of it don't fit together quite well to me, and parts of it are hilarious ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shawn Thrasher - Goodreads

I listened to a full-cast audio production of the play, so I'm not exactly sure if that counts as "reading" it. There aren't any Eureka moments in the play, but I enjoyed it immensely. I thought Shaw ... Read full review

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Dublin-born George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an active Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. He was strongly critical of London theatre and closely associated with the intellectual revival of British drama. Dan H. Laurence (series editor) has edited Shaw's Collected Letters and Collected Plays with their Prefaces. Imogen Stubbs is an actress and has played leading roles on stage, television and in film. Joley Wood has taught Anglo-Irish literature at Trinity College, Dublin.

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