The Cambridge Companion to George Bernard Shaw (Cambridge by Christopher Innes

By Christopher Innes

The Cambridge better half to George Bernard Shaw is an necessary advisor to 1 of the main influential and demanding dramatists of the theater. the quantity deals a broad-ranging research of Shaw with essays via a crew of best students. The significant other covers all elements of Shaw's drama, focusing either at the political and theatrical context, whereas the wide illustrations exhibit productions from the Shaw pageant in Canada. as well as situating Shaw's paintings in its personal time, the better half demonstrates its carrying on with relevance, and applies the various latest severe ways.

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Xii). Indee d Sha w spen t a lifetim e i n rivalr y wit h hi s literar y "father," fashionin g a dialogu e wit h hi s powerfu l precurso r tha t extend s through th e puppe t pla y Shakes versus Shav, written th e yea r befor e hi s death. Behind th e Sha w famil y fagad e o f snobber y an d pretens e lurke d th e reality o f dail y humiliation s incurre d b y bot h parents . Georg e Car r Sha w boasted of his teetotalism bu t slipped away to drink in solitary and morose fashion. Hi s embarrassing alcoholis m le d to th e family' s banishmen t fro m the hom e o f th e baronet , Si r Rober t Sha w o f Bush y Park .

Patrick Campbell , for who m he had created Eliz a Doolittle. As Shaw raved abou t Stella , Londo n buzze d wit h gossip . Bu t th e resurrecte d Do n Juan imag e wa s a sha m - th e muc h to o publi c indiscretion s onl y a game and so carefully reveale d to Ellen Terry for her pleasure (Collected Letters, vol. in, p. i n ) . Then disaster struck. Barker was swept off hi s feet by Helen Huntington, wife o f th e America n millionaire , Arche r M . Huntington . H e divorce d actress Lilia n McCarthy , th e tw o havin g falle n i n lov e a decad e earlie r playing John Tanner and Ann Whitefield durin g the first production of Man and Superman.

II, p. 27) . Fightin g hi s appetit e an d watchin g hi s weigh t scrupulously , h e attacked meat-eatin g a s a for m o f cannibalism ; i t wa s repugnan t t o hi s nature - th e highe r nature . H e investe d foo d an d eatin g wit h ritualisti c meaning, embracing vegetarianism the way saints embrace vigils and fasts . Avoiding alcohol , tea, an d coffee , feastin g o n wheatmea l porridg e an d lentils, h e becam e a missionar y whos e cree d wa s celebrate d wit h barle y water. He longed, like his Don Juan, to escape the tyranny o f the flesh with its eternal counter-pul l t o th e ran k crawlin g undergroun d worl d o f weasels , stoats, and worms that made him shudder, the stupid "force s o f Death and Degeneration" (Collected Plays, vol.

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