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from the British Library, London

Part 2: Critical Writings, Essays and Fabian Society Material

"This project provides rich coverage of some of Shaw's most important work. And the brief headings don't come anywhere near revealing the full contents. The 'Plays' group, for example, has much more than the mss/typescripts of the plays. There are Shaw's corrections and revisions, prompt copies, cast lists, film sequences, rehearsal notes etc etc.”
Professor Leonard Conolly, Consultant Editor
Department of English, Trent University

Part 2 covers both his career as a critic and his involvement with the Fabian Society, a socialist society committed to gradual rather than revolutionary reform. 
It features:

  • typescript versions with manuscript annotations of his famous ‘prefaces’; 
  • materials on Ibsen and Darwin prepared for Fabian lectures;
  • articles on religion; 
  • theatre reviews;
  • writings on war;
  • manuscripts of The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Everybody’s Political What’s What?;
  • memoranda on Fabian affairs;
  • seven volumes of Fabian essays, pamphlets and lectures by Shaw
This material is of the first importance for anyone studying Shaw and modern drama, and will also be of great value to those interested in British socialism between 1870 and 1950, intellectual history and the increased secularisation of Britain in the 20th century.

Editorial introduction
Digital Guide
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