George Bernard Shaw, In His Own Words

On July 5, 1880, a 23 year old George Bernard Shaw quit his day job at the telephone company to become a full time writer.  The result is a body of work that includes novels, short stories, and (most notably) plays that address a variety of serious social issues, though always with a comical slant. Before we meet the man himself, you can watch this discussion of the man’s life and work on Theater Talk:


Now, take a look at the Bernard Shaw himself, as he appeared in news reel footage from his first visit to the United States:


On a later visit, he didn’t hesitate to share his feelings about how we Americans should have taken his advice:


Bernard Shaw’s political views were not always easy for others to accept, like this time when he defended Hitler’s actions in Germany:


Or this time, when he discussed his views on capital punishment:


But he had a manner about him, a certain wit, that came through in his work and made it very appealing to a world-wide audience.  The man always knew how to get a laugh. Just watch this toast he makes in Albert Einstein’s honor:


If you’re interested in seeing Bernard Shaw’s work performed (drama is meant to be performed more than read, after all), then check out these full-length films.

Caesar and Cleopatra (1948)


Pygmalion (1938)

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