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Plays Political (Shaw Library)
by George Bernard Shaw
 
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Pub. Date: 1986
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Pub. Date: 1986
Publisher: Penguin Group
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Overview

While some of Shaw's earlier plays are still performed, his later plays, such as the ones in this volume, are barely known. As the collective title indicates, the themes here are political; yet, frankly, it is doubtful how seriously we can now take Shaw as a political thinker. Despite writing in the 1930s, he has little to say of the nature of totalitarianism: although he satirises Fascist dictators in "Geneva", the satire is disappointingly mild. Neither did Shaw appear to foresee (on the evidence of these plays, at least) the imminent collapse of the British Empire.But it is Shaw the dramatist rather than Shaw the political philosopher who still holds our attention - even in plays as explicitly political as these. He had a sharp intellect and a quirky sense of humour, and his dialogue still glints and sparkles: he couldn't write a dull line if he tried. No matter how serious the themes he addresses, the crispness of his writing and his lightness of touch still scintillate.Shaw seems, perhaps unfairly, out of fashion nowadays. But even in these lesser-known works, he demonstrates his matchless ability, still undimmed, to provoke and to entertain.

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  • PID: 17702863654
  • ISBN-13: 9780140450309
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Seller: Kennys.ie
    Condition: Very Good
    Notes: Raises doubts on how seriously we can take Shaw as a political thinker. This title states that despite writing in the 1930s, he has little to say of the nature of totalitarianism. It shows that although he satirises Fascist dictators in "Geneva", the satire is disappointingly mild. Num Pages: 464 pages. BIC Classification: DD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 198 x 130 x 29. Weight in Grams: 342. Good clean copy with some minor shelf wear. 1990. Paperback.....We ship daily from our Bookshop.