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SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Vol. 4

Edited by Stanley Weintraub

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232 pages
6.5" × 9"
1984

SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Vol. 4

Edited by Stanley Weintraub

Continuing the tradition established by predecessors, this fourth volume of SHAW covers a spectrum as wide as the Shavian canon itself, an account of the initial reaction to Shaw's plays in France to an analysis of psychological system Shaw employed in his plays. Other essays examine the relationship between the women in Shaw's life and the female characters in his plays, particularly The Millionairess; the parallels between Major Barbara and The Merchant of Venice; the thematic unity of Shaw's "big three": John Bull's Other Island, Man and Superman, and Major Barbara; and the surprising similarities between Too True Be Good and Lady Chatterley's Lover. This volume also contains a selection of Shaw's dramatic criticism from Our Corner, a London monthly of the 1880s, a history of the literary debate between Shaw and William Archer on the writing of The Doctor's Dilemma. Two of the contributors to the annual are best known for their work in other areas: Ray Bradbury, who once again demonstrates his appreciation of Shavian wit, this time in two poems on Shaw and Chesterton, and Constance Cummings, who recounts her experiences playing the lead in Shaw's Saint Joan, one of the highlights of her distinguished career.

 

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Continuing the tradition established by predecessors, this fourth volume of SHAW covers a spectrum as wide as the Shavian canon itself, an account of the initial reaction to Shaw's plays in France to an analysis of psychological system Shaw employed in his plays. Other essays examine the relationship between the women in Shaw's life and the female characters in his plays, particularly The Millionairess; the parallels between Major Barbara and The Merchant of Venice; the thematic unity of Shaw's "big three": John Bull's Other Island, Man and Superman, and Major Barbara; and the surprising similarities between Too True Be Good and Lady Chatterley's Lover. This volume also contains a selection of Shaw's dramatic criticism from Our Corner, a London monthly of the 1880s, a history of the literary debate between Shaw and William Archer on the writing of The Doctor's Dilemma. Two of the contributors to the annual are best known for their work in other areas: Ray Bradbury, who once again demonstrates his appreciation of Shavian wit, this time in two poems on Shaw and Chesterton, and Constance Cummings, who recounts her experiences playing the lead in Shaw's Saint Joan, one of the highlights of her distinguished career.

Also included are the regular departmental features —the "Continuing Checklist of Shaviana" and reviews of relevant new books—that keep Shavian scholars and interested readers informed of recent additions in the realm of Shaw studies.

Contributors: Jean-Claude Amalric, Karl Beckson, Charles Berst, Marianne Bosch, Ray Bradbury, Constance Cummings, Richard Dietrich, Bernard Dukore, Daniel Leary, Frederick McDowell, W.R. Martin, Use Pedersen, John R. Pfeiffer, Martin Quinn, Alfred Turco, Jr., Stanley Weintraub, and Sam A. Yorks.

Contents

1. SHAW/CHESTERTON: TWO POEMS HARDLY LONGER

THAN THEIR TITLES 1

Ray Bradbury

2. SHAW'S DRAMATIC CRITICISM IN OUR CORNER, 1885-1886 5

Bernard Shaw

3. SHAW'S “BIG THREE” 33

Bernard F. Dukore

4. DUCATS AND DAUGHTERS IN THE MERCHANT OF VENICE AND MAJOR BARBARA 69

Lisë Pedersen

5. WILLIAM ARCHER AND THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA 87

Martin Quinn

6. GBS, DHL, AND TEL: MAINLY LADY CHATTERLEY AND TOO TRUE 107

W.R. Martin

7. MOTHER, SISTER, AND WIFE IN THE MILLIONAIRESS 113

Marianne Bosch

8. SHAW, HAMON, AND RÉMY DE GOURMONT 129

Jean-Claude Amalric

9. PLAYING JOAN ON RADIO AND TELEVISION 139

Constance Cummings

10. SHAVIAN PSYCHOLOGY 149

Richard F. Dietrich

REVIEWS

G.B.S. AS A BISHOP 173

Charles A. Berst

SURPRISING SHAW 179

Daniel Leary

ATTILA, ADOLF, AND GEORGE 185

Alfred Turco, Jr.

THE ORIGINS OF JOAN 196

Sam A. Yorks

SHAW AND LORD ALFRED DOUGLAS 200

Karl Beckson

SHAW'S INTREPIDITY AS LETTER WRITER: THE CORRESPONDENCE WITH FRANK HARRIS 202

Frederick P. W. McDowell

A CONTINUING CHECKLIST OF SHAVIANA 211

John R. Pfeiffer

CONTRIBUTORS 225

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