Arms and the Man

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Courier Corporation, 1990 - Drama - 56 pages
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In the opening scene of Arms and the Man, which establishes the play's embattled Balkan setting, young Raina learns of her suitor's heroic exploits in combat. She rhapsodizes that it is "a glorious world for women who can see its glory and men who can act its romance!" Soon, however, such romantic falsifications of love and warfare are brilliantly and at times hilariously unmasked in a comedy that reveals George Bernard Shaw at his best as an acute social observer and witty provocateur.
First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man continues to be among the most performed of Shaw’s plays around the world. The play is reprinted in its entirety here from an authoritative British edition, and is complete with Shaw's stimulating preface to Volume II of Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant.
  

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User Review  - Alex Kartelias - Goodreads

Not my favorite play, but well written. Bluntschli is a interesting and dynamic character and what most struck me was when the arrogant Sergius commented about his lack of heroic chivalry towards ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sahar - Goodreads

This is definitely one of my favorite plays ever! It's so funny! Shaw is a genius Read full review

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Contents

to Vol II Pleasant Plays of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant
vii
Act I
1
Act II
17
Act III
35
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In the course of his long and prolific career, George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) wrote 60 plays, in addition to music and literary criticism. An avid socialist, he regarded his writing as a vehicle for promoting his political and humanitarian views.

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