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Shaw and FeminismsOn Stage and Off$
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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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The Passionate Anarchist and Her Idea Man

The Passionate Anarchist and Her Idea Man

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(p.144) 8 The Passionate Anarchist and Her Idea Man
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Shaw and Feminisms
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VIRGINIA COSTELLO

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042435.003.0008

Despite their shared commitment to social change and even specific platforms, playwright Bernard Shaw and activist Emma Goldman were unable to turn their acquaintance into a useful political relationship. Their differing political allegiances—hers to anarchism, his to a more orderly socialism-revealed itself in fundamentally different working methodologies. Shaw's preference for the theatrical platform led him to distance himself from Goldman, who embraced activism, even violence, as the best way to practice the reform that Shaw preached. Virginia Costello teases out the fraught dynamics of their acquaintance mainly through Goldman's writings, as Shaw's do not seem to have survived, offering a rare reversal of perspective in Shavian scholarship.

Keywords:   Bernard Shaw, Emma Goldman, Frank Harris, anarchism, Mrs Warren's Profession

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