Bernard Shaw: 1856-1898, The search for love

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Vintage Books, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
[V.1]. "He was "Sonny," the unloved child who grew up in a ménage-à-trois. He was "G.B.S.," the public eccentric and relentlessly articulate playwright, critic, and socialist pamphleteer who presented himself as a great man long before he had achieved greatness. He was Bernard Shaw (he detested the name "George"), the complex and evasive man who invaded other people's marriages and conducted romances by mail but didn't marry until his forties. Fifteen years in the writing and deftly marshaling an enormous body of research, Bernard Shaw : The Search for Love captures the early life of this brilliant and multifarious man of ideas with humor, compassion, and startling acuity."--Cover.

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This first volume of Holroyd's authorized three-volume life of Shaw covers the dramatist's early years in Ireland and, starting in 1876, his career in England as a political activist, critic, and ... Read full review


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Michael Holroyd was born in London, England on August 27, 1935. He was educated at Eton College. He published his first book, a biography of writer Hugh Kingsmill, in 1964. He has also written the biographies of George Bernard Shaw, Augustus John, Lytton Strachey, and Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. His other works include Basil Street Blues, Mosaic, and A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers. He has received several awards including the Heywood Hill Literary Prize in 2001, the David Cohen British Prize for Literature in 2005, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography for A Strange Eventful History in 2009. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2007.

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