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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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