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Who's Afraid of Bernard Shaw?: Some Personalities in Shaw's Plays

Stanley Weintraub


People known to Bernard Shaw had every reason to fear becoming recognizable characters in his plays. Whether from history, literature, or his own crowded career, Shaw's relationships to real or imagined personalities reveal a complexity beyond easy formulation. He put himself into a Jesus, a Caesar, a Cetewayo, a Napoleon, and even into an Edward VIII. Shaw rehabilitated the shocking Lady Colin Campbell and reinvented Virginia Woolf. What he was not, or could not be, himself, became indirectly and imaginatively parts of other personalities, past and present. The lives in this book are a sampli ... More

Keywords: George Bernard Shaw, historical figures, dramatic characters, Lady Colin Campbell, Virginia Woolf, personalities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037264
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanley Weintraub, author