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SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Vol. 7

The Neglected Plays

Edited by Alfred Turco Jr.

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376 pages
6" × 9"
1987

SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Vol. 7

The Neglected Plays

Edited by Alfred Turco Jr.

Why does such a large proportion of the criticism devoted to Shavian drama deal with such a surprisingly small number of plays? Of Shaw's more than fifty works for the stage, few are looked at and many deserve closer attention. This volume, dealing with pieces of lesser prominence in the canon, aims to enrich our sense of the range and depth of Shaw's achievement as a playwright.

 

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Why does such a large proportion of the criticism devoted to Shavian drama deal with such a surprisingly small number of plays? Of Shaw's more than fifty works for the stage, few are looked at and many deserve closer attention. This volume, dealing with pieces of lesser prominence in the canon, aims to enrich our sense of the range and depth of Shaw's achievement as a playwright.

Contributors to Shaw 7 have construed neglect broadly to include dramas slighted on the stage, on the page, or both. Fresh perspectives are offered on two dozen full-length and shorter plays ranging from The Philanderer (1893) to Shakes Versus Shav.

The Neglected Plays presents the latest work by such well-known critics as Charles A. Berst (on The Man of Destiny), Frederick P.W. McDowell (on You Never Can Tell), and Barbara Bellow Watson (on The Apple Cart) as well as essays by promising younger scholars on plays such as Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction and Buoyant Billions. A collection of newspaper pieces revives no less an expert than Shaw himself on the subject of his own neglected plays. Finally, an exhaustive bibliographical article by Charles A. Carpenter points toward possibilities for future research.

Shaw 7: The Neglected Plays challenges some established critical assumptions, in the process revealing Shaw to be a far more self-conscious modernist than is usually supposed. The book will be of interest not just to professional Shavians, but also to all who share a love for the modern theater.

Alfred Turco, Jr., editor of this volume, is the author of Shaw's Moral Vision (1976) and Professor of English at Wesleyan University.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

SHAW'S NEGLECTED PLAYS 3

Alfred Turco, Jr.

INTERVIEWS

1. SHAW 40 YEARS LATER: ERIC BENTLEY SPEAKS HIS MIND ON ELEVEN NEGLECTED PLAYS: GETTING MARRIED,

OVERRULED, ON THE ROCKS, AND OTHERS 7

Alfred Turco, Jr.

2. STANLEY KAUFFMANN ON THE UNKNOWN SHAW: YOU NEVER CAN TELL, MISALLIANCE, ANDROCLES AND THE LION, TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD 31

Jane Ann Crum

THE PLAYS

3. THE PHILANDERER: SHAW'S POIGNANT ROMP 47

Alfred Turco, Jr.

4. SHAW'S “HIGHER COMEDY” PAR EXCELLENCE:

YOU NEVER CAN TELL 63

Frederick P.W. McDowell

5. THE MAN OF DESTINY: SHAW, NAPOLEON, AND

THE THEATER OF LIFE 85

Charles A. Berst

6. JOHN BULL'S OTHER ISLAND AND OTHER WORKING

PARTNERSHIPS 119

Martin Meisel

7. TOMFOOLING WITH MELODRAMA IN PASSION, POISON, AND PETRIFACTION 137

Ina Rae Hark

8. THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA: THE ART OF UNDOING 151

John A. Bertolini

9. JOHNNY'S DREAM: MISALLIANCE 171

Rodelle Weintraub

10. FANNY'S FIRST PLAY: A CRITICAL POTBOILER? 187

Barbara M. Fisher

11. THE THEATER OF LOVE AND THE THEATER OF

POLITICS IN THE APPLE CART 207

Barbara Bellow Watson

12. VILLAGE WOOING: A CALL FOR INDIVIDUAL

REGENERATION 221

Robert G. Everding

13. THE MILLIONAIRESS: CAPITALISM BANKRUPT? 243

Margot Peters

14. “IN GOOD KING CHARLES'S GOLDEN DAYS”:

THE DRAMATIST AS HISTORIAN 259

T.F. Evans

15. THE ICE AGE COMETH: A MAJOR EMENDATION OF

BUOYANT BILLIONS IN CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE 279

Steven Joyce

16. SHAW'S DOUBLE DETHRONED: THE DARK LADY

OF THE SONNETS, CYMBELINE REFINISHED, AND

SHAKES VERSUS SHAV 301

Sally Peters

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYS

17. SHAW ON SHAW'S NEGLECTED PLAYS: FANNY'S FIRST PLAY, ON THE ROCKS, GENEVA 319

Jonathan Kalb

18. STUDIES OF SHAW'S NEGLECTED PLAYS AND

MINI-PLAYS 331

Charles A. Carpenter

REVIEW AND CHECKLIST

REVIEW

19. GRANVILLE BARKER'S STAGE 351

Leon H. Hugo

20. A CONTINUING CHECKLIST OF SHAVIANA 355

John R. Pfeiffer

CONTRIBUTORS 367

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