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D. A. Hadfield and Jean Reynolds

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042435

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042435.001.0001

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Feminist Politics and the Two Irish “Georges” Egerton versus Shaw

Feminist Politics and the Two Irish “Georges” Egerton versus Shaw

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Shaw and Feminisms

Margaret D. Stetz

University Press of Florida

“George Egerton,” the pseudonym adopted by writer Mary Chavelita Dunne, exemplified the “New Woman” for Shaw's contemporaries, both in her personal life and professional career as a writer. Shaw admired Egerton's prose fiction, but when she married theater critic Golding Bright, an aspiring Shavian protégé, and tried to move into the lucrative genre of playwriting, Egerton met the same resistance from Shaw as Achurch had. The correspondence between Shaw and Egerton crackles with frustration: Egerton because Shaw insisted on telling her what to do, and Shaw because Egerton refused to do as she was told. Their contentious relationship emerges in this chapter through their correspondence and rare excerpts from Egerton's plays, most of them previously unpublished.

Keywords:   Bernard Shaw, George Egerton, “His Wife's Family”, “The Backsliders”, Reginald Golding Bright, Playwriting, Theater reviews, Drama

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