Bernard Shaw's Letters to Siegfried Trebitsch

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Stanford University Press, 1986 - Drama - 494 pages
Presents the correspondence between Shaw and his German translator, a Jew living in Vienna. Part 4 (pp. 328-364) contains Shaw's reaction to the rise of Nazism, which he viewed as a form of state corporatism similar to his own plans for social reform. He condemned racism as nonsense and viewed Hitler's antisemitism as a madness which discredited his ideas. Since he defended German foreign policy in the press, Shaw naively believed he could persuade the Nazi leadership to abandon antisemitism. Part 5 (pp. 365-421) covers the period after 1938 and Trebitsch's flight from Austria. Shaw made a public declaration of support for the Anschluss, partly in order to protect his translator. He denounced the "Kristallnacht" pogrom but was still opposed to war up to 1940.

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Editor Weiss gathers 531 letters Shaw wrote to his German translator and friend between 1902 and 1950, the year of Shaw's death. With characteristic wit and intellectual vigor, Shaw discusses the ... Read full review

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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.

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