Man and Superman and Three Other Plays

ISBN-10: 1593080670

ISBN-13: 9781593080679

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Acclaimed as a “second Shakespeare,” Irish-bornGeorge Bernard Shawrevolutionized the British theater. Although his plays focus on ideas and issues, they are enlivened by fascinating characters, a brilliant command of language, and dazzling wit. One of Shaw’s finest and most devilish comedies,Man and Supermanportrays Don Juan as the quarry instead of the huntsman. John Tanner, upon discovering that his beautiful ward plans to marry him, flees to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, where he is captured by a group of rebels. Tanner falls asleep, and dreams the famous “Don Juan in Hell” sequence, which features a sparkling Shavian debate among Don Juan, the Devil, and a talkative statue. With its fairy-tale ending and a cast literally from hell,Man and Supermanis a hilarious cocktail of farce, Nietzschean philosophy, and Mozart’sDon Giovanni. Also included in this volume areCandida, Shaw’s first real success on the stage,Mrs. Warren’s Profession, which poked fun at the Victorian attitude toward prostitution, andThe Devil’s Disciple, a play set during the American Revolution.
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List price: $7.95
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Renowned literary genius George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved to London and educated himself at the British Museum while several of his novels were published in small socialist magazines. Shaw later became a music critic for the Star and for the World. He was a drama critic for the Saturday Review and later began to have some of his early plays produced. Shaw wrote the plays Man and Superman, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion, which was later adapted as My Fair Lady in both the musical and film form. He also transformed his works into screenplays for Saint Joan, How He Lied to Her Husband, Arms and the Man, Pygmalion, and Major Barbara. Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. George Bernard Shaw died on November 2, 1950 at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.

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