Saturday, February 27, 2016

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) is an Irish-born British dramatist, considered by many to be the most notable dramatist since William Shakespeare. With a sharp contrast to Shakespeare, Shaw opted to write anti-romantically, a tenet which created a great scope for him to unveil the social evils of his times. Due to this antithetical attitude his plays are replete with more pragmatic concerns than that of Shakespeare. His most comic plays also paid a glimpse to the absurdities of society and its institutions.

Shaw had a very unpleasant childhood life, which was burdened with untold poverty. His father was an unsuccessful merchant for which he could support his family properly. Consequently, his mother taught voice pupils for extra income. Even Shaw left school and took a clerical job to support his family. Since then he was self-educated. In 1872, Shaw's mother left her husband and took his two sisters to London. Eventually, Shaw also moved to London with his mother to materialize his dream of becoming a writer. His early writing career was not as smooth as he conceived it to be. Shaw faced extreme financial hardship when he was working with his first novel. During these hard days his mother supported him financially. But despite all the adversity and devotion, his first novel was less impressive and rejected by majority of publishers. However, during maturity, his plays infused with social criticism, which he conceptualized from the Fabian Society learnings.

Fast Facts

Full Name: George Bernard Shaw
Date of Birth: July 26, 1856
Date of Death: November 2, 1950
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death: Ayot St. Lawrence, United Kingdom
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish
Father: George Carr Shaw (1814–1885)
Mother: Lucinda Elizabeth (Bessie) Shaw (1830–1913)
Siblings: 02 elder sisters
  1. Lucinda (Lucy) Frances (1853–1920)
  2. Elinor Agnes (1855–1876).
Spouse: Charlotte Payne-Townshend (m. 1898–1943)
Notable Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature (1925)


 “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul.”
—George Bernard Shaw


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