Thursday, 28 June 2018

233) George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

- "At twenty, Shaw was tall, gangly, thin, pale, and red-haired, with sharp gray eyes, projecting ears, prominent brows, and an even more prominent nose."

- "A man with pallid skin and bright red hair and beard who read Marx's Das Kapital..."

- "Shaw said that his lovely fiery red hair went white overnight."

- "He mentioned his pallid pitted skin and red hair like seaweed."

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