Bernard Shaw's Book Reviews, Volume 2

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Penn State Press, 1996 - Literary Collections - 588 pages
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This new volume of Bernard Shaw's book reviews is a companion to Brian Tyson's previously edited collection of Shaw's earlier book reviews. Here Tyson collects seventy-three of the best remaining literary book reviews written by Shaw throughout his lifetime. Two-thirds of the reviews appear in book form for the first time, the originals residing in the archives of newspaper libraries, and only three of the remainder have been reprinted within the last twenty years. Politics feature largely in the works that Shaw reviewed: there are books of socialist theory and its practical appearance in the Soviet Union, as well as books on the individualism of J. H. Levy, the anti-socialism of Thomas McKay, and the economics of E. C. K. Gonner and Philip Wicksteed. There is often an immediacy about the books reviewed, too: discussion of books on World War I, the Soviet Revolution, women's suffrage, the British General Strike of 1926, and World War II all take place concurrently with the events. Many of the works reviewed are biographies, which give Shaw the opportunity to reveal his personal acquaintance with their subjects, including Samuel Butler, William Morris, and Dean Inge.

This widely varied collection sparkles with wit and wisdom, taking us briskly through Shaw's own writing life, beginning when he was relatively unknown and concluding when he was a legend.

  

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Contents

Mr H M Hyndmans Socialism 1 April 1884
17
The Socialist Catechism 1 December 1884
31
How to Earn 400 a Night 8 June 1888
45
Poor Miss J The Soft Side of the Iron Duke
67
The Book Bills of Narcissus 12 September 1891
84
The Truth About The Tragic Comedians 19 January 1892
88
Mr Bernard Shaws Works of Fiction Reviewed
96
A Tribute to a Great Churchman 13 January 1950
186
Something Like a History of England at Last
366
How Free is the Press? 9 February 1918
372
The New Life Reviewed 1 November 1919
383
How Ireland Impressed Mr Chesterton 22 November 1919
398
Our Great Dean 22 November 1919
406
The Webb Constitution 8 August 1920
412
The Old Revolutionist and the New Revolution
427
Trotsky Prince of Pamphleteers 7 January 1922
440

Friedrich Nietzsche The Dionysian Spirit
226
Mr Frank Harriss Shakespear 24 December 1910
240
The Life of Tolstoy Later Years
254
The Foundations of the Nineteenth
260
Sir Almroth Wrights Polemic 18 October 1913
271
Is England Blameless? 4 February 1915
279
The German War Book and the British Limit
287
Mr Gilbert Cannan on Samuel Butler 8 May 1915
300
Professor Gilbert Murrays Defence of Sir Edward Grey
309
The Case Against Chesterton 13 May 1916
319
What Mr Wells Thinks is Coming 22 July 1916
338
The Artstruck Englishman 17 February 1917
350
Has Herbert Spencer Really Triumphed? 17 March 1917
357
Chesterton on Eugenics and Shaw on Chesterton
450
Labours Twofold Task
462
H G Wells and the Dean 8 October 1934
473
A Document 1 August 1936
479
The Webbs Masterpiece 1 August 1937
485
What Would Marx Say About Beveridge? 10 March 1943
492
Fabian Socialism 28 May 1943
498
Heartbreak Hospital 14 October 1945
506
The History of a Happy Marriage 20 October 1945
514
Painter and Partners 23 December 1945
520
Idolatry of the Glory Merchant is Sheer Illusion
528
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About the author (1996)

Renowned literary genius George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved to London and educated himself at the British Museum while several of his novels were published in small socialist magazines. Shaw later became a music critic for the Star and for the World. He was a drama critic for the Saturday Review and later began to have some of his early plays produced. Shaw wrote the plays Man and Superman, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion, which was later adapted as My Fair Lady in both the musical and film form. He also transformed his works into screenplays for Saint Joan, How He Lied to Her Husband, Arms and the Man, Pygmalion, and Major Barbara. Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. George Bernard Shaw died on November 2, 1950 at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.

Brian Tyson is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. He is the editor of Bernard Shaw's Book Reviews:Originally Published in the "Pall Mall Gazette" from 1885 to 1888 (Penn State, 1991) and the author of The Story of Shaw's Saint Joan (1982).

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