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SHAW: THE PAPERS OF GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950)

From the British Library, London

Part 1: Plays, Poems, Novels and Short Stories

Part 2: Critical Writings, Essays and Fabian Society Material

Part 3: Journalism, Lectures and Autobiographical Material

Detailed Listing - Part 1

The details given below are taken from the British Library Catalogue of George Bernard Shaw Papers (The British Library, London, 2005).

REEL 1

SHAW PAPERS: SERIES II

50593-50743. Purchased from the residuary legatees of George Bernard Shaw, 9 April 1960, and incorporated in the Department of Manuscripts 8 March 1961.

One hundred and fifty volumes classified as follows:

A.   Plays of G. B. Shaw: 50593-50649.

B.   Poems, Novels and Short Stories: 50650-50658.

C.   Critical Writings and Essays: 50659-50679.

D.   Fabian Society: 50680-50690.

E.   Newspaper and Periodical Articles: 50691-50699.

F.   Lectures: 50700-50705.

G.   Autobiographical Writings and Biographical Memoranda: 50706-50718.

H.   Notebooks: 50719-50739.

I.    Miscellanea: 50740-50743.

A.  Plays of G. B. Shaw.

50593-50649.  Playscripts,  in autograph longhand unless otherwise stated, with rehearsal notes and related materials; 1878-1948.  All in chronological order.

Plays of George Bernard Shaw

Add Ms 50593

Passion Play, 1878

50593. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. i (ff. i+76).  Passion Play; 1878.

Add Ms 50594

Widowers’ Houses, 1884

50594. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. ii (ff. 102).  'Widowers’ Houses’; 1884.  Shorthand.

Add Ms 50595 A

The Cassone, 1889-1890

50595 A. Vol. iii a (ff. 93).  At ff. 92v-80v, reading from the end, are notes for a review of F. Fyles’s and D. Belasco’s 'The Girl I Left Behind Me’; 1895.

Add Ms 50595 B

The Cassone

Typescript, 1889-1890

50595 B. Vol. iii b (ff. 24).  Typewritten.

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Add Ms 50596 A-G

The Philanderer, 1892-1893

50596 A-G. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. iv a-g (ff. 100, 61, 80, 56, 83, 48, i+47).  'The Philanderer’; 1892-1893.

Add Ms 50597

The Philanderer

Published copy with autograph rehearsal notes, 1906

50597. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. v (ff. 45).  The Philanderer (1906).  Published copy, with autograph rehearsal notes; n.d.

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Add Ms 50598 A-C

Mrs Warren’s Profession, 1893

50598 A-C. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. vi a-c (ff. 103, 74, 57).  'Mrs. Warren’s Profession’; 1893.

Add Ms 50599

Mrs Warren’s Profession

Proofs for the Collected, Edition of the Works of Bernard Shaw (Vol 7 1930)

50599. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. vii (ff. 74).  'Mrs. Warren’s Profession’; proofs, etc. for the Collected Edition of the Works of Bernard Shaw, Vol. 7 (1930).  Pages 179-180 of the publication contain additional material not present in this volume.

1.  ff. 1-42.  Playscript; 1894.  Printed, with autograph revisions.

2.  ff. 43–53v.  Preface, 'Mostly About Myself’; 1898.  Printed and typewritten, with autograph revisions.

3.  ff. 54–79.  Preface and 'Author’s Apology’; typewritten insertions of 1930, together with printed texts of 1902 and 1907; all with autograph corrections.  See also 50664, ff. 1-4.

This volume was rearranged and refoliated in 2002-2003.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50600

Plays; Pleasant and Unpleasant, (Vol 1), 1900

50600. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. viii (ff. i+135).  Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant, Vol. 1 (1900).  At ff. 96v-131v, 'Mrs. Warren’s Profession’ is annotated with autograph rehearsal notes; n.d.

Add Ms 50601 A-C

Arms and the Man, 1893

50601 A-C. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. ix a-c (ff. 81, 80, 40).  'Arms and the Man’; 1893.  At ff. 40v-37v, reading from the end, are political lecture notes; n.d. see also 50643, ff. 1-47.

Add Ms 50602

Arms and the Man

Published copy with autograph rehearsal notes, 1905

50602. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. x (ff. 40).  Arms and the Man (1905). Published copy, with autograph rehearsal notes; n.d.

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Add Ms 50603 A-C

Candida, 1894

50603 A-C. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xi a-c (ff. 69, 56, 53).  'Candida’; 1894.

Add Ms 50604

A Man of Destin, 1895

50604. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xii (ff. 116).  'The Man of Destiny’; 1895.

Add Ms 50605 A-C

You never can tell, 1895

50605 A-C. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xiii a-c (ff. 94, 94, 122).  'You Never Can Tell’; 1895.

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Add Ms 50606 A

The Devil’s Disciple

Scenario: mainly shorthand, 1896-1897

50606 A.  Vol. XIV A (ff. 5).  Scenario: mostly shorthand.

Add Ms 50606 B-D

The Devil’s Disciple

Playscript, 1896-1897

50606 B-D.  Vols. XIV B-D (ff. 60, 59, 66).  Playscript.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript

Add Ms 50607

The Devil’s Disciple

Producer’s copy, Queen’s Theatre, 1907

50607. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xv (ff. 108).  'The Devil's Disciple'; producer's copy, Queen's Theatre, 1907.  Manuscript (hand unidentified), interleaved with printed and typewritten text, all with MS. amendments.  See also 50643, ff. 48-54.

Add Ms 50608

The Gadfly or, the Son of the Cardinal

Typescript, 1898

50608. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xvi (ff. iv+46).  'The Gadfly or, the Son of the Cardinal', dramatisation of novel by Ethel Voynich; 1898.  Typewritten, with a few autograph production notes.

Add Ms 50609 A-D

Caesar and Cleopatra, 1898

50609 A-D. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xvii a-d (ff. 58, 61, 95, 17).  'Caesar and Cleopatra'; 1898.

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Add Ms 50610

Caesar and Cleopatra, 1899, 1912, 1930, 1926, 1944-1945

50610. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xviii (ff. iv+164).  'Caesar and Cleopatra'.

1.  ff. 1-106.  Parts of Caesar, Cleopatra, the Centurion and Ptolemy; 1899?  Typewritten.

2.  ff. 107-123.  Prologue; 1912.  Shorthand.

3.  ff. 124-135v.  Prologue; 1912.  Printed, with autograph corrections.

4.  ff. 136-141.  Prologue; 1930.  Printed, with a few autograph notes.

5.  ff. 142-152.  Prologue; 1926, n.d.  Typewritten, with autograph amendments.

6.  ff. 153-164.  Notes for film production; 1944-1945. Typewritten, with autograph amendments.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50611

Caesar and Cleopatra

Published copy with autographed rehearsal notes, 1904

50611. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xix (ff. 67).  Caesar and Cleopatra (1904).  Published copy, with autograph rehearsal notes; n.d.

Add Ms 50612 A-C

Captain Brassbound’s Conversion, 1899

50612 A-C. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xx a-c (ff. 61, 73, 62).  'Captain Brassbound's Conversion'; 1899.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50613

The Admirable Bashville

Prompt Book for Stage Society performances

Typescript with some autograph rehearsal notes, 1903

50613. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxi (ff. 45).  'The Admirable Bashville', prompt book for Stage Society performances; 1903.  Typewritten with some autograph rehearsal notes.

Add Ms 50614

How he lied to her husband, 1904

50614. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxii (ff. 51).  'How he lied to her husband'; 1904.

Add Ms 50615

John Bull’s Other Island

Instructions to the Producer, 1904

Preface to the Home Rule Edition. Shorthand, typescript and printed with autograph

Revisions, 1912

50615. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxiii (ff. 60).  'John Bull's Other Island'.

1.  ff. 1-6.  'Instructions to the Producer'; 1904.

2.  ff. 7-60.  Preface to the Home Rule edition; 1912. Shorthand (ff. 7-15), typewritten and printed, with autograph revisions.

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Add Ms 50616 A-E

Major Barbara, 1905

50616 A-E. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxiv a-e (ff. 80, 80, 58, 58, 52).  'Major Barbara'; 1905.

Add Ms 50617

Major Barbara

Filmscript, 1940-1941

50617. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxv (ff. 306). 'Major Barbara', filmscript; 1940-1941.  Mainly typewritten, with MS. additions in Shaw's and others' hands.  Includes some fragments and shorthand.  At f. 21 Shaw's personal prologue, written as a trailer to the film, and relating to the progress of World War II, is reproduced in a cutting from Variety.  At ff. 301-306 is a copy of the Ode, 'We forge our own destruction', arranged from 'Dall tuo stellato soglio' in the finale of Rossini's opera 'Il Mosé in Egitto'.

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Add Ms 50618

Major Barbara

Screen version prepared for publication, c1945

50618. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxvi (ff. 238).  'Major Barbara', screen version prepared for publication; 1941.  At ff. 2-15 are printed galley proofs in a different font, and with some different wording from the published versions of 1945-1949.  Folios 16-150 are page proofs for pp. i-xxxvii and 1-147 of the 1945 edition.  Folios. 151-238 are the published playscript, circa 1930, with autograph corrections subsequently incorporated in the published screen version.

Add Ms 50619 A-D

The Doctor’s Dilemma, 1906

50619 A-D. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxvii a-d (ff. i+61, 57, 61, 71).  'The Doctor's Dilemma'; 1906.  See also 50643, ff. 77-97.

Add Ms 50620

The Doctor’s Dilemma

Draft film script typescript, nd

50620. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxviii (ff. 131).  'The Doctor's Dilemma', draft film script; n.d.  Typewritten.

Due to their condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following two manuscripts.

Add Ms 50621

Getting Married, 1908

50621. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxix (ff. 24).  'Getting Married', etc.; 1908. See also 50643, ff. 110-144.

1.  ff. 1-18.  'Getting Married'; shorthand.

2.  f. 19.  Notes for preface to 'Fabian Essays'; shorthand.

3.  ff. 20-24.  Miscellaneous notes, partly fragment and shorthand.

Add Ms 50622

The Shewing up of Blanco Posnet, 1909

50622. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxx (ff. i+61).

1. (ff.. 1-13).  'The Shewing up of Blanco Posnet'; 1909.  Shorthand and incomplete.  See also 50643, ff. 145-150.

2. (ff. 13*-60).  'Press Cuttings'; 1909.  Shorthand, written in forward and reverse sequence.  Miscellaneous notes are at f. 61.

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Add Ms 50623

Press Cuttings

Typescript with manuscript additions and corrections in another hand, 1909?

50623. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxi (ff. ii+98).  'Press Cuttings'; 1909?  Two typewritten copies.  The first, at ff. 1-49, has MS. additions and corrections in another hand; the second, at ff. 50-98, contains a slightly altered version of the preceding text.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50624

Misalliance, 1909

50624. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxii (ff. 47).

1. ff. 1-44.  'Misalliance'; 1909.  Shorthand, written in forward and reverse sequence.  See also 50643, f. 181.

2. ff. 45v-44v.  Incomplete notes for a review; 1909?  Shorthand.  Miscellaneous notes are at ff. 46-47.

Add Ms 50625

The Glimpse of Reality

Shorthand and incomplete, 1910

50625. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxiii (ff. 11).  'The Glimpse of Reality'; 1910.  Shorthand and incomplete.

Add Ms 50626

The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, 1914

Printed proof with autograph corrections and additions

Poem, The Dark Lady

Printed proof with unidentified amendments, 1934

50626. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxiv (ff. 16).

1.  ff. 1-10.  'The Dark Lady of the Sonnets'; 1914.  Printed proof of 1910 with autograph corrections and additions.

2.  ff. 11-16.  Poem, 'The Dark Lady', author unknown; 1934.  Printed proof with unidentified MS. amendments.

Add Ms 50627

Androcles and the Lion

Film scenario. Typescript, 1950

50627. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxv (ff. 17).  'Androcles and the Lion', film scenario; 1950.  Typewritten.

Add Ms 50628

Pygmalion

Preface. Typescript draft with autograph amendments and shorthand, 1916

Film scenario, 1934

50628. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxvi (ff. 35).  'Pygmalion'.

1.  ff. 1-4.  Preface; 1916.  Typewritten draft with autograph amendments, and shorthand.

2.  ff. 5-35.  Film scenario; 1934.

Add Ms 50629

Pygmalion

Performing copy.printed with autograph rehearsal notes, 1913

50629. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxvii (ff. 44).  'Pygmalion'; 1913 performing copy.  Printed with autograph rehearsal notes; 1914?

Add Ms 50630

Annajanska: the Wild Grand Duchess

Typescript with autograph corrections, 1917

50630. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxviii (ff. 19).  'Annajanska: the Wild Grand Duchess'; 1917.  Typewritten with autograph corrections.

Add Ms 50631

Back to Methuselah, 1919-1945

50631. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xxxix (ff. 235).  'Back to Methuselah'; 1919-1945.

1.  ff.  1-127.  Preface and playscript; 1919-1920.  Shorthand.

2.  ff.  128-129.  Lists of amendments to the Preface;1921, n.d. Autograph and typewritten.

3.  ff. 130-131.  Blurb for Penguin book jacket; 1938.  Typewritten with autograph corrections.

4.  ff. 132-186.  Preface; 1944-1945.  Printed proof with autograph amendments.

5.  ff 187-192v.  'Introductory Note for Oxford University Press'; 1944.  Shorthand.

6.  ff. 193-228.  Postscript; 1944.  Two copies, typewritten with autograph alterations.

7.  ff. 229-235.  Cards to G. B. Shaw from Oxford University Press accompanying proofs; 1944-1945.

This volume was refoliated in 2002-2003, but the bound sequence is unchanged.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50632

Back to Methuselah

Printed edition with autograph amendments for the 1928 revival, 1927-1928

50632. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xl (ff. 180).  'Back to Methuselah'; 1927-1928.  Printed edition of 1927, with autograph amendments for the 1928 revival at ff. 65-91.

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Add Ms 50633

St Joan, 1923-1948, nd

50633. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xli (ff. 84).  'St. Joan'; 1923-1948, n.d.

1.  ff. 1-28.  Fragments of playscript and preface sent for publication; 1923.  Mostly typewritten with autograph alterations.  Folios 1-2 are brief autograph notes concerning their place and time of composition; 1926, 1944?

2.  ff. 29-41.  Transcript of B.B.C. Radio Schools broadcast on 'St. Joan'; 1942.  Mostly duplicated typescript.

3.  ff. 42-46.  B.B.C. broadcast; 1948.  Shorthand draft.

4.  ff. 47-49.  Autograph and shorthand note relating to, and typewritten copy of a letter of Monsignor M. Barbera, S. J., concerning the conditions on which the Catholic Authorities would not object to the showing of the film; 1935.

5.  ff. 50-53.  Autograph pencil notes, apparently relating to the film script; n.d.

6.  ff. 54-84.  Miscellaneous notes, some autograph, some in unidentified hands, together with postcards, etc., relating to Joan of Arc; n.d.  At f. 64 is a 'Domrémy medal' and at ff. 75-84 are further notes by Shaw on the history of the composition and performance of the play; circa 1944.

Add Ms 50634

St Joan

Typescript with manuscript alterations in unidentified hands, 1934?

50634. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xlii (ff. 296).  'St. Joan', two copies of the film scenario; 1934?  Typewritten with MS. alterations in unidentified hands.  Folios 1-168 are typewritten only, and the text is almost identical to that beginning at f. 169; the latter has an additional variant of the last sequence before the Epilogue and, at ff. 295-296, the scenario for the 1920 canonisation.  Some MS. additions appear to be directorial; others relate to historical and canonical accuracy: see 50633, ff. 47-49.

REEL 11

Add Ms 50635

Too True to be Good

Shorthand and typescript with autograph corrections, 1931

50635. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xliii (ff. i+259).  'Too True to be Good'; 1931.  Shorthand and typewritten with autograph corrections.

Add Ms 50636

Too True to be Good

Printed rough proof with autograph corrections, 1931

50636. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xliv (ff. 44).  'Too True to be Good'; 1931. Printed rough proof with autograph corrections. Pages 9 and 10 have been excised and replaced by a printed sheet bearing variant text (c.f. 80808).

Add Ms 50637

The Simpleton (of the Unexpected Isles)

Printed proofs with autograph corrections, 1934

50637. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xlv (ff. i+55).  'The Simpleton [of the Unexpected Isles]'; 1934.  Shorthand.  ff. 48-55 contain Shaw's reply, written for the Malvern Festival programme, to the American critic Joseph Wood Krutch; 1935.  Printed proofs with autograph corrections.

Add Ms 50638

The Millionairess, 1934-1942

50638. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xlvi (ff. i+31).  'The Millionairess'; 1934-1942.

1.  ff. 1-24.  Playscript, mostly under the provisional title 'His Tragic Clients'; 1934.  Shorthand.

2.  ff. 25-26.  Alternative ending written speculatively for Soviet audiences; 1936.  Typewritten with shorthand additions.

3.  ff. 27-31.  Narrator's opening for B.B.C. radio broadcast; 1942.  Typewritten with autograph alterations.

Add Ms 50639

The Millionairess

Printed rehearsal copy of 1940 with autograph revisions for BBC production, 1942

50639. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xlvii (ff. 38).  'The Millionairess'.  Printed rehearsal copy of 1940 with autograph revisions for B.B.C. production; 1942.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50640

Geneva

Printed rehearsal copy of 1938 revised in Mrs Shaw’s hand, 1938

50640. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xlviii (ff. 70).  'Geneva'. Printed rehearsal copy of 1938 revised in C. F. Shaw's hand.  See also 50643, ff. 192-199 below.

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Add Ms 50641

Buoyant Billions, 1936-1949

50641. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. xlix (ff.  162).  'Buoyant Billions'; 1936-1949.

1.  ff. 1-16*.  Prefaces; 1947-1949.  Shorthand, typewritten with autograph revisions, and printed proof with autograph revisions.  Two versions, dated 1947 and beginning at f. 2 and f. 11, preserve an earlier title, 'The World Betterer's Courtship'.

2.  ff. 17-60.  Playscript; 1945.  Shorthand.

3.  ff. 61-162.  Playscript; dated 17/2/36 at f. 62, and 13/7/47 at f. 152.  Entitled 'The World Betterer'.  Typewritten with autograph revisions

Add Ms 50642

Farfetched Fables, 1948

50642. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. l (ff. 43).  'Farfetched Fables'; 1948.

1.  ff. 1-32.  Shorthand.

2.  ff. 33-43.  Typewritten with autograph amendments.  Partly fragment.

Add Ms 50643A

Arms and the Man

Make-up volume, 1923-1945

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

1.  ff. 1-47.  'Arms and the Man'; 1923-1945.

i. ff. 1-8.  Costume designs; line and coloured drawings; 1941?

ii. f. 9.  Offstage dialogue for Act I; 1941?

iii. ff. 10-13.  'Instructions to Producer'; 1923.  Shorthand.

iv. f. 14.  Note by G. B. Shaw for Malvern Festival programme; 1932.  Printed proof with autograph corrections.

v. ff. 15-26.  Film sequences; 1941.  Shorthand.

vi. ff. 27-42.  Film sequences; 1941.  Typewritten with autograph additions.

vii. ff. 43-47.  Plot summary; 1945.  Typewritten with autograph additions.

Add Ms 50643B

The Devil’s Disciple

Make-up volume, 1939

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

2.  ff. 48-54.  'The Devil's Disciple', film sequences; 1939.  Typewritten with autograph additions.

Add Ms 50643C

Man and Superman

Make-up volume, 1902

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

3.  ff. 55-71.  'Man and Superman'; 1902.

i. ff. 55-70.  Draft aphorisms for 'Maxims for Revolutionists'.

ii. ff. 71-71v.  Fragment of dialogue.

Add Ms 50643D

Passion, Poison and Petrifaction, or the Fatal Gasolene

Make-up volume, 1905

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

4.  ff. 72-76v.  'Passion, Poison and Petrifaction, or the Fatal Gasolene'; 1905.  Four illustrations in pen and ink wash by Harry Furniss, for his Annual; together with other pencil and ink sketches by Furniss.

Add Ms 50643E

The Doctor’s Dilemma

Make-up volume, 1910

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

5.  ff. 77-97.  'The Doctor's Dilemma', section of  Preface; 1910.  Shorthand.

Add Ms 50643F

The Inauguration Speech: An Interlude

Make-up volume, 1907

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

6.  ff. 98-109v.  'The Inauguration Speech: An Interlude'; 1907.  Written for Cyril Maude's opening of the Playhouse Theatre, and published in 1927 as 'The Interlude at the Playhouse'.

Add Ms 50643G

Getting Married

Make-up volume, 1910

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

7.  ff. 110-144.  'Getting Married', Preface; 1910.  Shorthand.

Add Ms 50643H

The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet

Make-up volume, 1909

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

8.  ff. 145-150.  'The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet', 'Memorandum for Censorship Committee' written for Preface; 1909. Shorthand, and type-written with autograph alterations.

Add Ms 50643I

Winifred

Make-up volume, 1909

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

9.  ff. 151-161.  'Winifred', later re-titled 'The Fascinating Foundling'; 1909.  Shorthand.

Add Ms 50643J

Scenario for G K Chesterton, 1909

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

10.  ff. 162-180.  Scenario for G. K. Chesterton; 1909.  Duplicated autograph, followed by typescript.  An autograph note at f. 162 indicates that the latter copy was made in 1938.

Add Ms 50643K

Misalliance

Make-up volume, 1910?

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

11.  f. 181. 'Misalliance', corrections for prompt copy; 1910? Autograph carbon copy.

Add Ms 50643L

Sketches by J M Barrie

Make-up volume, 1914

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

12.  ff. 182-185.  Sketches by J. M. Barrie; 1914.  Typewritten carbon copies.

Add Ms 50643M

Glastonbury Gag

Make-up volume, 1916

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

13.  ff. 186-189v.  'Glastonbury Skit [Gag]'; 1916.

Add Ms 50643N

Jitta’s Atonement

Make-up volume, 1923?

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

14.  f. 190.  'Jitta's Atonement', plan of stage arrangement; 1923?

Add Ms 50643O

On the Rocks

Make-up volume, 1933?

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

15.  ff. 191-191v.  'On the Rocks', list of characters; 1933?  On verso are notes on pronunciation under the headings 'Major Elliott's broadcast' and 'Phonetics'; 1930s?

Add Ms 50643P

Geneva

Make-up volume, 1938, 1939

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

16.  ff. 192-199.  'Geneva'.

i. ff. 192-193.  Note by G. B. Shaw for Malvern Festival programme; 1938.  Printed proof with autograph corrections.

ii. ff.  194-195.  'Televised introduction to Act III'; 1939. Typewritten with autograph amendments.

iii. ff.  196-199.   G. B. Shaw, 'Further Meditations on Shaw's Geneva'; 1939? Typewritten.

Add Ms 50643Q

Miscellany

Make-up volume, nd

50643. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. li (ff. 203).  Collection of miscellaneous material relating to plays, arranged in chronological order of the original date of composition.

17.  ff. 200-203.  Miscellany.

i. ff. 200-200v.  Cast lists for copyright performance of 'The Philanderer',  'Mrs. Warren's Profession', 'The Gadfly' and 'You Never Can Tell'; 1898.  Unidentified hand.

ii. ff. 201-202.  Fragment of dialogue; 1940.  Typewritten.

iii. f. 203. Suggested cast for 'Business', [unwritten play?]; 1920s? Typewritten with autograph additions.

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Add Ms 50644

Rehearsal Notes

Various plays, 1911-1937

50644.  G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lii (ff. 356).

1.  ff. 1-8.  'Arms and the Man'; 1911.

2.  ff. 9-22.  'Fanny's First Play', Kingsway Theatre; 1915.  Typewritten copy.

3.  ff. 23-30.  'Augustus Does His Bit'; 1917.  Typewritten copy.

4.  ff. 31-32.  'The Inca of Perusalem'; 1917.  Typewritten copy.

5.  ff. 33-35. 'Annajanska' [here 'Anneganeka']; 1918. Typewritten copy.

6.  ff. 36-55.  'Pygmalion', Strand Theatre; 1920.

7.  ff. 56-59.  'Candida', Holborn Empire; 1920.  Ends halfway down the page.

8.  ff. 59-60.  'Pygmalion', Academy of Dramatic Art; 1920.  Ends halfway down the page.

9.  ff. 60-66.  'The Shewing up of Blanco Posnet', Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; 1923.

10.  ff. 67-69.  'Great Catherine'; n.d., followed by 'You Never Can Tell'; 1920.  Typewritten copy.

11.  ff. 70-101.  'John Bull's Other Island', Court Theatre; 1921.  Type-written copy.

12.  ff. 102-126.  'Heartbreak House'; 1921. Ends halfway down the page.

13.  ff. 126-129.  'Getting Married', Everyman Theatre; 1922.

14.  ff. 130-166.  'St. Joan'; 1924.

15.  ff. 167-182.  'Caesar and Cleopatra', Birmingham; 1925. Ends half-way down the page.

16.  ff. 177v, 180v-183v.  Dialogue under the heading 'Lewis's Jazz Comedy, Everyman Theatre, Hampstead, 18/2/27'.  In reverse sequence.

17.  ff. 182-206.  'Mrs. Warren's Profession', Strand Theatre; 1926. f. 197 includes 'Gags for Fanny's First Play, p. 210'.

18.  ff. 207-211.  Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'; 1926.

19.  ff. 212-219.  'Major Barbara', Wyndham's Theatre; 1929.

20.  ff. 220-222.  'Back to Methuselah', Old Vic for Malvern; 1929.  Ends halfway down the page.

21.  ff. 222-226.  'Heartbreak House', Old Vic; 1929.

22.  ff. 227-237.  'Heartbreak House', the Queen's Theatre; 1932.

23.  ff. 238-254.  'Too True To Be Good', Old Vic for Malvern Festival; 1932.

24.  ff. 255-286.  'On the Rocks'; 1933.

25.  ff. 287-295.  'The Six of Calais' and 'Androcles and the Lion', Regent's Park; 1934.  Notes on both plays on most of these folios.

26.  ff. 296-298.  'Major Barbara', Old Vic; 1935.

27.  ff. 299-302. 'St. Joan', Birmingham for Malvern Festival; 1936.

28.  ff. 303-308.  'Pygmalion', Birmingham for Malvern Festival; 1936.  The second half of f. 305, with f. 306, contains notes for 'On the Rocks' at the same theatre.

29.  ff. 309-310.  'The Millionairess', Malvern; 1937.

30.  ff. 311-313.  'The Apple Cart, Malvern; 1937.

31.  ff. 314-356.  'Great Catherine'; 1921.  Photocopied autograph.

This volume was rearranged and refoliated in 2002-2003.

Due to their condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following four manuscripts.

Add Ms 50645-48

Rehearsal Notes

Various plays, 1911-1937

50645-50647.  G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vols. liiI-LV (ff. 60, 37+i, 35).  'The Apple Cart', 'Back to Methuselah', 'Heartbreak House', 'Caesar and Cleopatra'; 1929.  Three notebooks used in forward and reverse sequence.

50648.  G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lVi (ff. i+19).  'Misalliance'; 1930?

Add Ms 50649

Notebook containing lists of theatrical companies permitted to perform Shaw’s Plays, 1915-1925

50649. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lvii (ii+61).  Notebook containing lists of theatrical companies permitted to perform Shaw's plays between 1897 and 1925, apparently commenced in 1915.  Mostly in the hand of Ann Elder, with a few additions by Blanch Patch and by Shaw, and including a small quantity of correspondence.  See also 56627-56637.

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Poems, Novels and Short Stories

Add Ms 50650

Poems, epigrams and notes on novels, 1883-1946, nd

50650. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lviii (ff. 121).  Poems, epigrams and notes on novels; 1883-1946, n.d.

1.  ff. 1-20.  Poems; 1883-1943, n.d. Partly typewritten.  Folio 5 is in another hand.

2.  ff. 21-97.  Epigrams and aphorisms; 1939, n.d.  Mostly typewritten.

3.  ff. 98-121.  Notes on novels in manuscript presented to the National Library of Ireland; 1946.  Partly shorthand and typewritten.

Add Ms 50651

Immaturity

Preface, 1930

50651-50653. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vols. lix-lxi. ‘Immaturity'.  See also 50650, ff. 98-121 passim; 50721 A, ff. 110v-112v; 55410, ff.161-162; 55934, pp. 131-133.

50651.  (ff. i+49).  Preface; 1930.  Typewritten, with autograph note at f. i.

Add Ms 50652

Immaturity

Books I-II, 1930

50651-50653. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vols. lix-lxi. ‘Immaturity'.  See also 50650, ff. 98-121 passim; 50721 A, ff. 110v-112v; 55410, ff.161-162; 55934, pp. 131-133.

50652.  (ff. ii+323).  Books I – II; n.d.  Typewritten.

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Add Ms 50653

Immaturity

Books III-IV, 1930

50651-50653. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vols. lix-lxi. ‘Immaturity'.  See also 50650, ff. 98-121 passim; 50721 A, ff. 110v-112v; 55410, ff.161-162; 55934, pp. 131-133.

50653.  (ff. ii+365).  Books III – IV; n.d.  Typewritten.

Add Ms 50654

The Irrational Knot, 1905

50654. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxii (ff. 36).  ‘The Irrational Knot', Preface; 1905.  See also 50650, ff. 98-121 passim; 50721 A, ff. 100v-103; 55935, p. 34.

Add Ms 50655A, B

Cashel Byron’s Profession, 1882-1883

50655 A, B. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vols. lxiii a, b (ff. ii+32, 101).  'Cashel Byron's Profession'; 1882-1883.  Shorthand.  See also 50650, ff. 98-121 passim; 50721 A, ff. 76v-78v, 86v-90.

Due to its condition permission was not granted for the microfilming of the following  manuscript.

Add Ms 50656

An Unsocial Socialist, 1883

50656. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxiv (ff. 103).  'An Unsocial Socialist'; 1883.  Shorthand.  See also 50721 A, ff. 82v-83.

Add Ms 50657

Unfinished novel, nd

50657. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxv (ff. i+52).  Unfinished novel; n.d.  Typewritten.

Add Ms 50658

Short stories, 1885-1937

50658. G. B. Shaw Papers: Series ii. Vol. lxvi (ff. 163).  Short stories, etc.; 1885-1937.

1.  ff. 1-108v.  Stories Nos. 1-6 of 'Short Stories, Scraps and Shavings', (1932); 1885-1916. Partly typewritten and printed.

2.  ff. 109-154.  'The Black Girl's Search for God' (published as The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God); 1932.  Mostly shorthand.  At ff. 152-154 are pencil drawings by Shaw.

3.  ff. 155-163v.  Letters of Shaw to John Farleigh concerning illustrations for 'The Black Girl'; 1932.  Printed in 'The London Mercury', March 1937.

Add Ms 45923

St Joan, 1923

45923. 'ST JOAN', the play by George Bernard Shaw, first performed in New York on 28 Dec. 1923 and in London at the New Theatre on 26 Mar.  1924. The autograph draft, in shorthand with occasional phrases and names of characters in full, written 29 Apr.-24 Aug. 1923 (ff. 1-68), together with the Preface (ff. 69-101), written 8 Dec. 1923-28 Jan. 1924 and published with the play in June 1924. Accompanying the manuscript, which includes additions and corrections by the author and differs in detail from the published text, are:-(1) an autograph postcard from Shaw to H. I. Bell (knt. 1946), then Keeper of Manuscripts in the British Museum, dated 26 May 1944, describing his working methods and promising to present a manuscript to the Museum. f. i;-(2) autograph notes by Shaw on the dates of composition of the present manuscript and on its presentation, 2 June 1944, f. ii. Further material relating to the play is in Add. MSS. 50633, 50634 and 50644. Paper; ff. iii + 101. Folio. 1923-1944. Presented by the author in June 1944.

Add Ms 48201

Why She Would Not: A Little Comedy, 1950

48201. 'WHY SHE WOULD NOT: A LITTLE COMEDY', by George Bernard Shaw;

July 1950. Typewritten (carbon copy). This play, in five scenes, although set up in type as No. LIV of the Standard Edition of the Works of Bernard Shaw (1931-1950), was suppressed by the author before publication. A set of proofs is in the Archibald Henderson Collection in the University of North Carolina Library. See A. Henderson, George Bernard Shaw: Man of the Century, 1956, pp. 664-665, and E. Farley and M. Carlson, George Bernard Shaw: A Selected Bibliography, 1945-1955, 1959, p. 323. Supplementary to the Shaw Papers, Add. MSS. 50508-50743. Paper: ff. i+16. Quarto. A.D. 1950. Presented by the Public Trustee, in whom copyright is vested, in 1953.

Add Ms 59901

Heartbreak House, 1917

59901. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW: 'Heartbreak House'; 1917. Typewritten copy of the original shorthand draft which is presumed to have been destroyed, with extensive autograph revisions and additions in longhand. Also included (ff. 189, 190) are two half sheets of revisions in autograph shorthand. Purchased at Christie's, 8 March 1978, lot 306.

Paper; ff. 193. 270 x 210mm.

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Miscellanea

Add Ms 63179

More Common Sense about the War, 1915

63179, 63180. SUPPLEMENTARY SHAW PAPERS. Vols. I, II. G. B. Shaw, 'More Common Sense about the War'; 1915. Two typewritten copies, with annotations both autograph and by Mrs Shaw. See also Add. 50668 and 50669 A, B.

Two volumes; ff. 207, 207.

Add Ms 63180

More Common Sense about the War, 1915

The second typewritten copy.

Add Ms 63181

Diary of Bernard Shaw, 1917

63181. SUPPLEMENTARY SHAW PAPERS. Vol. III (ff. 6) Diary of Shaw; 1917. Autograph, mostly shorthand, and printed. Containing entries for 1-10 January only.

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Add Ms 63182

Notes for St Joan, nd

Notebook, 1950

The Limitation Conference II: After you, sir, 1921?

Printed proofs and articles      1888-1948

63182. SUPPLEMENTARY SHAW PAPERS. Vol. IV (ff. 177). 1.. ff. 1-6.. Notes for 'St Joan' n.d.. Autograph.. 2.. ff. 7-15.. Notebook with autograph draft for parts of 'Bernard Shaw's Rhyming Picture Guide to Ayot Saint Lawrence' 1950.3.. ff. 16-25.. The Limitation Conference II: After you, sir'. autograph.

Add Ms 63183

Miscellaneous notes, printed ephemera etc, 1895-1947

63183. SUPPLEMENTARY SHAW PAPERS. Vol. V (ff. 64) . Miscellaneous notes, printed ephemera, etc. of Shaw; 1895-1947, n.d. Autograph, partly shorthand, typewritten and printed.

Add Ms 63184

Corrected worksheets in Shaw’s hand, 1924, 1928

63184. SUPPLEMENTARY SHAW PAPERS. Vol. VI (ff. 132) Corrected worksheets for the Pelman Institute course in Spanish and Italian, in the name of Miss Blanche Patch, but completed in Shaw's hand; 1924, 1928. Autograph and printed. Mostly Spanish and Italian.

Add Ms 63185

French translation of Mrs Warren’s Profession, nd

63185. SUPPLEMENTARY SHAW PAPERS. Vol. VII (ff. 116) 'Le métier de Madame Warren' French translation, mostly typewritten, of Mrs Warren's Profession; n.d. Not the same as Augustin and Henriette Hamon, La Profession de Mme Warren (Paris, 1913)

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Add Ms 63186

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1905-1949

63186. SUPPLEMENTARY SHAW PAPERS. Vol. VIII (ff. 251) Miscellaneous correspondence of G. B. Shaw; 1905-1949, n.d. Partly autograph.

Add Ms 63187

Accounts, letters etc relating to the tenancy of a flat, 1934-1943, nd

63187. SUPPLEMENTARY SHAW PAPERS. Vol. IX (f. 154) Accounts, letters, etc. relating to the Shaws' tenancy of a flat in Whitehall Court; 1934-1943, n.d. Mostly typewritten and printed.

Add Ms 63728

Miscellaneous letters

63728. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW: twelve items formerly on display at Shaw's house, Ayot St. Lawrence, co. Hertf.; 1924-1946, n.d. Partly autograph, partly printed. Presented by the National Trust, 6 June 1984 and 1 Nov. 1989.
Paper; ff. 49. British Library arrangement.
1.  ff. 1-1v. Certificate confirming Shaw's life membership of the Cremation Society; 28 April 1924. Signed by Shaw.
2.  f. 2. Letter to Shaw from G. H. M. Twyman; 19 Feb. 1927. Signed. Includes a caricature.
3. ff. 3-4. Letter to Shaw from J. Rothwell; 6 Jan. 1934. With a caricature on the envelope.
4.  f. 5. Letter to Shaw from Lennox Robinson on behalf of the Council of the Irish Academy of Letters; 26 May 1937. Typewritten.
5.  ff. 6-6v. Letter, in shorthand, from Shaw to Siegfried Trebitsch; 18 Feb. 1942.
6.  ff. 7-7v. Letter to Shaw from the Cremation Society; 25 May 1943. Signed.
7.  ff. 8-9. Two letters from Shaw to Studman; 8 July 1944 and 15 December 1946.
8.  ff. 10-10v. Letter to Shaw from Marie Stopes; 24 July 1946.
9.  f. 11. 'Lines for the Ninetieth Birthday of George Bernard Shaw', by John Masefield; for 26 July 1946. Autograph.
10.  f. 12. Christmas card to Shaw from Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt; n.d.
11.  ff. 13-49. Article by Shaw entitled 'The Censorship of the Stage in England', written for the North American Review; n.d. Autograph.

 

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