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SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies. Vol. 5

Shaw Abroad

Edited by Rodelle Weintraub

BUY

350 pages
6" × 9"
1985

SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies. Vol. 5

Shaw Abroad

Edited by Rodelle Weintraub

In addition to providing much fascinating new material about Bernard Shaw, this volume covers so much of his active life—from 1889, before his first play was completed, through his world travels of the 1930s that it comes close to being a biography of the public Shaw as well as a probing look at the private Shaw.

 

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In addition to providing much fascinating new material about Bernard Shaw, this volume covers so much of his active life—from 1889, before his first play was completed, through his world travels of the 1930s that it comes close to being a biography of the public Shaw as well as a probing look at the private Shaw.

Shaw's first travels were to Bayreuth as a Wagner pilgrim and to Holland and Belgium for their art and theater. Italy was next, and the result was Shaw's self-styled "Pre-Raphaelite" play, Candida. Shaw visited Sweden and met the irascible Strindberg, whose notorious plays he admired, and returned many times to Ireland—"John Bull's Other Island"—as tourist and self-exile. Crossings to France—a nation he disliked with Anglophilic intensity—led to Saint Joan and The Six of Calais, while visits to Italy in his sixties and seventies are seen here, in a remarkable exploration certain to stir controversy, as a last surging of Shaw's banked amorous fires, with repercussions in the later plays.

In his later travels Shaw became enmeshed in other countries' politics, sometimes deliberately, sometimes unawares; he was a political myopic in Russia, a pawn in Yugoslavia, a gadfly in Japan as well as in Hong Kong and China, and a prophet in South Africa, where he wrote The Black Girl in Search of God. Voyages to India and New Zealand led to his mystical and misunderstood The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles. In the United States he spoke from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, hobnobbed with cinema stars in Hollywood, and admired—if nothing else in America—the Grand Canyon.

Included is a little-known article by G.B.S. on how to cross Switzerland speedily by auto without being picked up by the police, and a typically cantankerous pair of interviews on visiting the Holy Land.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii

INTRODUCTION 1

A WAGNER PILGRIM: GBS IN GERMANY 5

John J. Weisert

IN PURSUIT OF ART: SHAW'S ITALIAN TOURS OF 1891 AND 1894 13

Elsie B. Adams

A GOOD HOLIDAY: SHAW VISITS SWEDEN 25

Ishrat Lindblad

A HIGH WIND TO JAMAICA 37

Stanley Weintraub

VISITOR OR RETURNING EXILE? SHAW IN IRELAND 45

Nicholas Grene

CROSSING SWITZERLAND: THUN TO ZÜRICH. THE TRUTHS ABOUT THE BRÜNIG PASS AND THE SPEED LIMITS 63

Bernard Shaw

A PLAYWRIGHT'S SUPERTRIPS: SHAW'S VISITS TO FRANCE 67

Jean-Claude Amalric

PASSIONI AT LAKE MAGGIORE: SHAW, MOLLY TOPKINS, AND ITALY, 1921-1950 81

Charles A. Berst

A POLITICAL GAME: SHAW IN YUGOSLAVIA 115

Damir Kalogjera

G.B.S. IN THE HOLY LAND: TWO 1931 INTERVIEWS 121

MYOPIA OR UTOPIA? SHAW IN RUSSIA 125

T.F. Evans

UPSET IN A “SUNTRAP”: SHAW IN SOUTH AFRICA 147

Leon Hugo

SEEKING THE UNKNOWABLE: SHAW IN INDIA 181

Valli Rao

HONG KONG, SHANGHAI, THE GREAT WALL:

SHAW IN CHINA 211

Piers Gray

SHAKING THE EARTH: SHAW IN JAPAN 239

Sidney P. Albert and Junko Matoba

GBS, MGM, RKO: SHAW IN HOLLYWOOD 271

Bernard F. Dukore

“THAT AWFUL COUNTRY”: SHAW IN AMERICA 279

Dan H. Laurence

“IF I SHOWED MY TRUE FEELINGS”: SHAW IN

NEW ZEALAND 299

Murray Martin

THE LIFE AS A BIBLIOGRAPHY 319

Anthony Rota (Review of Barnard Shaw: A Bibliography, Dan H. Laurence)

A CONTINUING CHECKLIST OF SHAVIANA325

John R. Pfeiffer

CONTRIBUTORS 341

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