Mrs. Warren's Professionby George Bernard Shaw
Written in 1893, Mrs. Warren’s Profession skewers the hypocrisy of British society. The wealthy, respectable title character’s “profession” is the world’s oldest, but Mrs. Warren is unprepared for the reaction of her daughter Vivie when she discovers her mother’s occupation. Shaw brings new life to the woman-with-a-past theme with wit and a defense of his heroine.
“L.W. Conolly’s edition of Mrs Warren’s Profession will be exceedingly helpful to readers of all sortsundergraduate students, Shaw specialists, and general readers alike. Insight into Shaw’s play benefits from a knowledge of its various late-19th-century contexts, and this edition includes a wealth of contextual materials, in areas ranging from prostitution to Cambridge University. This thorough, well-researched edition is a major contribution to everyone’s understanding of Shaw’s always-up-to-date dramatic study of prostitution and capitalism.” Jonathan Wisenthal, University of British Columbia
“This edition of Mrs Warren’s Profession, with its astonishing range of associated documents, provides an invaluable resource for students and Shaw enthusiasts, and has a good deal to offer to the seasoned Shaw scholar as well. The introduction offers a wonderfully detailed and informative account of the social, political, and theatrical contexts of Shaw’s first major play, and Conolly’s analysis of the dramatic texture of Mrs Warren’s Profession allows insight into the qualities of the play itself and why, despite the excitement of the early scandals, it has more than historic interest, and lives on today’s stage.” Jean Chothia, University of Cambridge
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Meet the Author
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 - 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.
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