Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy (Penguin Classics)

Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy (Penguin Classics)

by StanleyWeintraub (Introduction), George Bernard Shaw (Author)

Synopsis

Shaw began writing MAN AND SUPERMAN in 1901 and determined to write a play that would encapsulate the new century's intellectual inheritance. Shaw drew not only on Byron's verse satire, but also on Shakespeare, the Victorian comedy fashionable in his early life, and from authors from Conan Doyle to Kipling. In this powerful drama of ideas, Shaw explores the role of the artist, the function of women in society, and his theory of Creative Evolution. As Stanley Weintraub says in his new introduction, this is the first great twentieth-century English play and remains a classic expose of the eternal struggle between the sexes.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 29 Jan 2004

ISBN 10: 0140437886
ISBN 13: 9780140437881

Author Bio
Dublin-born George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an active Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. He was strongly critical of London theatre and closely associated with the intellectual revival of British drama. Dan H. Laurence has edited Shaw's COLLECTED LETTERS and COLLECTED PLAYS with their Prefaces. He was Literary Advisor to the Shaw Estate until his retirement in 1990. Professor Stanley Weintraub teaches at the Institute of Arts and Humanistic Studies at Penn State University.