Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells

Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells

by Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Percy Smith
     
 

Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells are among the best-known and most controversial literary figures of the twentieth century. Both were rebelliously critical of the social and political, familial and sexual conventions and structures of their time. They shared broadly similar interests, but their lifestyles differed sharply - as did their views on many subjects, including

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Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells are among the best-known and most controversial literary figures of the twentieth century. Both were rebelliously critical of the social and political, familial and sexual conventions and structures of their time. They shared broadly similar interests, but their lifestyles differed sharply - as did their views on many subjects, including those discussed in their correspondence: religion, socialism, science, war and world history, the theatre, the profession of authorship, and more. The letters are always forthright, often abusive and quarrelsome, sometimes suggesting that the relationship cannot last. They are also often warm, good-natured, playful, and generous - reflecting a fundamental mutual respect and similarity of outlook, however contrasting the temperament and style. The great majority of the two writers' correspondence is published here for the first time.

This volumes comprises the personal correspondence of Shaw and Wells through the course of their friendship of more than forty years, and includes and introductory essay by J. Percy Smith. The letters are fully annotated, and are accompanied by information about the circumstances under which each was written, to enable the reader to follow the course of the frequently tempestuous relationship.

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Booknews
The second volume in the series of Shaw's correspondence contains 152 letters between him and fellow Victorian British writer and Fabian Club member Wells, exchanged between 1901 and 1946. Most of them are by Shaw and most previously unpublished. They encourage, advise, bully, and sometimes insult each other over literature, drama, sex, education, Russia, wives, and a wide range of other topics. An afterword provides their published views of each other. Notes clarify names and events mentioned, and sometimes contextualize the letters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802030016
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
05/11/1995
Series:
Selected Correspondence of Bernard Shaw Series , #2
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

J. Percy Smith is Professor Emeritus of Drama, University of Guelph.

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