George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright, novelist, critic and socialist who spent most of his adult life living and working in England. He is best known for his plays, particularly Pygmalion (performed 1914; published 1916), which was adapted into a screenplay in 1938, followed by the musical adaptation (first performed on stage in 1956, followed by the film version in 1964). Shaw achieved both commercial popularity and critical acclaim during his lifetime, and is now regarded as one of the most significant playwrights in English literature of all time. He was also an active socialist, both as a public speaker and writer, and he helped to found the Fabian Society in 1884. Most of his plays explore the social and political issues with which he was concerned -- particularly capitalism and the British class system; poverty; religion; education; and the institution of marriage -- though this was usually intertwined with humour, irony and dry understatement. 

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George Bernard Shaw Chronology:

Clifford Odets. R. Baird Shuman. Twayne's United States Authors Series 30. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1962. From The Twayne Authors Series.

COPYRIGHT 1962 Twayne Publishers, COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning

1906     Clifford Odets born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 18.

1912     Family moves to New York City.

1921-1923     Student in Morris High School, New York City.

1923-1930    Various small acting positions, often in juvenile roles for the Theatre Guild.

1929     Understudy to Spencer Tracy in Broadway production of Conflict.

1930     Joins the Group Theatre.

1935     Wrote and appeared in Waiting for Lefty; it wins George Pierce Baker Drama Cup, Yale University, and New Theatre--New Masses Theatre Contest.  

            Completed Awake and Sing! and Paradise Lostwrote Till the Day I Die. Made protest trip to Cuba.

1936     Wrote I Can't Sleep.

1937     Married Luise Rainer, January 8. Wrote film scenario of The General Died at Dawn. Wrote Golden Boy and Silent Partner.

1938     Wrote Rocket to the Moon.

1939     Publication of Six Plays of Clifford Odets.

1940     Wrote Night Music.

1941     Wrote Clash by Night. Divorced from Luise Rainer.

1942     Wrote film scenario for Humoresque.

1943     Wrote film scenario for None But the Lonely Heart, also directed this film. Married Bette Grayson, May 14.

1944     Wrote scenario for Deadline at Dawn.

1948     Wrote The Big Knife.

1950     Wrote The Country Girl.

1954     Wrote The Flowering Peach. Bette Grayson Odets dies.

1959     Directed The Story on Page One.

1961     Received Drama Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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