SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Volume 16: Unpublished Shaw

SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Volume 16: Unpublished Shaw

by Dan H. Laurence
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271015772

ISBN-13: 9780271015774

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Penn State University Press

SHAW 16 contains twenty-nine unpublished pieces by Shaw written between 1877 and 1950. The most significant is a ten-page draft synopsis of Man and Superman (the original manuscript draft of the play has been lost) in a contemplated five-act version, providing scholars with a hitherto unavailable ur-text. Equally important for the biographical and artistic

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SHAW 16 contains twenty-nine unpublished pieces by Shaw written between 1877 and 1950. The most significant is a ten-page draft synopsis of Man and Superman (the original manuscript draft of the play has been lost) in a contemplated five-act version, providing scholars with a hitherto unavailable ur-text. Equally important for the biographical and artistic insights they offer are the early literary efforts found in Shaw's first opus notebook, including an extended narrative-verse fragment of 1877 set in Dublin; a polemic (his first) on oakum picking and prison conditions; a criticism of organists and orchestral conductors; and an attempted evaluation of contemporary arts and letters in 1878.

We find Shaw, through the persona of a female narrator, creating in his own image a fictional memoir of the young Hector Berlioz; offering an ironic vindication of housebreakers (in anticipation of Heartbreak House); exploring the seamy side of the prizefight ring; examining "exhausted" genres of Victorian art in 1880; defining the "true signification of the term Gentleman"; lecturing on Socialism and the family and on realism as the goal of fiction; and penetratingly considering the future of marriage in a rejected book review, one of four included in the volume.

The dimensions of Shaw's political views may be examined through nearly a dozen commentaries on politics and on war and peace, ranging from the Boer War (an 1899 draft letter to the press, "Why Not Abolish the Soldier?") and 1903 municipal elections to U.S. Liberty Loans, the Italo-Abyssinian War, "how to talk intelligently" about the Second World War, and the implications of the hydrogen bomb in the nuclear age. For good measure, the volume concludes with two brief playlets, previously unrecorded.

The editors have arranged these pieces individually or grouped by theme and genre as near to chronological order as possible, and the reader is brought closer to the original manuscripts by the retention of Shaw's stylistic and spelling inconsistencies, and by transliteration of the shorthand notations he frequently inserted between lines or in the margins. Each text is supplemented by an editorial note providing its provenance and a detailed physical description of the manuscript.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271015774
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, #16
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

NOTICES xi

GENERAL INTRODUCTION 1

Dan H. Laurence and Margot Peters

SHAW AS POETASTER: IN FYTTES AND STARTS 7

Richard Nickson, introducing:

[NARRATIVE VERSE, fragment (1877)] 9

APPROACHING THE CHALLENGE 17

Dan H. Laurence, introducing:

CONTEMPORARY ART VIEWED FROM BEHIND THE AGE (1878) 18

OAKUM PICKING (1878) 25

ASIDES (1889) 28

MUSIC: LAYING DOWN THE LAW 35

J. L. Wisenthal, introducing:

CONDUCTORS AND ORGANISTS (1879) 38

UNCONSCIONABLE ABUSES (1879) 44

SHAW'S TRUE GENTLEMAN 59

Margot Peters, introducing:

ON THE TRUE SIGNIFICATION OF THE TERM

GENTLEMAN (1879) 63

BERLIOZ AND SHAW: AN AFFINITY 67

Jacques Barzun, introducing:

A REMINISCENCE OF HECTOR BERLIOZ (1880) 71

A SPRING-CLEANING FOR THE ARTS 89

Norma Jenckes, introducing:

EXHAUSTED ARTS (1880) 93

ENTER THE LITERARY CRITIC 99

Brian Tyson, introducing:

[REVIEW OF H.B. PRITCHARD'S GEORGE VANBRUGH'S

MISTAKE, fragment (1880)] 99

[THE FUTURE OF MARRIAGE (1885)] 101

A SOCIALIST'S NOTION OF A NOVEL (1887) 104

FOUND AT LAST—A NEW POET (1887) 108

THAT REALISM IS THE GOAL OF FICTION (lecture, 1888) 111

ON POLITICS 125

Stuart E. Baker, introducing:

OPEN AIR MEETINGS (1885) 129

PROUDHON—CH IV. PROPOSITIONS I-V PP 126- 153 (1886) 133

TEN REASONS WHY WOMEN SHOULD SUPPORT THE

PROGRESSIVES AT THE BOROUGH COUNCIL

ELECTIONS (1903) 137

[LADY DAY SPEECH (1929)] 139

SHAW FAMILY VALUES 145

John A. Bertolini, introducing:

SOCIALISM AND THE FAMILY (1886) 148

SHAW AND THE SEAMY SIDE OF THE RING 155

Sally Peters, introducing:

A PRIZEFIGHTER ON PRIZEFIGHTING: THE SEAMY SIDE OF THE RING (1888) 157

ON WAR AND PEACE 165

Alfred Turco, Jr., introducing:

WHY NOT ABOLISH THE SOLDIER? (1899) 167

[APPEAL FOR THE SECOND U.S. LIBERTY LOAN (1917)] 172

[REPLIES TO QUESTIONNAIRE (1920)] 175

[MESSAGE TO THE WORLD LEAGUE FOR PEACE (1928;

facsimile issued 1932)] 177

[SELF-DRAFTED INTERVIEW AT DURBAN (1935)] 178

HOW TO TALK INTELLIGENTLY ABOUT THE WAR (1940) 181

BERNARD SHAW ON PEACE (1950) 185

SUPERMAN THEATER: GUSTS, GALUMPHS,

AND GRUMPS 195

Charles A. Berst, introducing:

THE SUPERMAN, OR DON JUAN'S GREAT GRANDSON'S

GRANDSON (1901) 202

THE MAN WHO STANDS NO NONSENSE: A DRAMA (1904) 211

THE TRINITY V JACKSON (1912) 216

REVIEWS

GUIDED TOUR THROUGH HEARTBREAK HOUSE

(Heartbreak House: Preludes of Apocalypse by A. M. Gibbs) 223

John A. Bertolini

BENN LEVY AND SHAW (The Plays of Benn Levy:

Between Shaw and Coward by Susan Rusinko) 226

Stanley Weintraub

BERNARD SHAW: SOCIALIST AND DRAMATIST

(George Bernard Shaw and the Socialist Theatre by

Tracy C. Davis) 229

Frederick P. W. McDowell

A CONTINUING CHECKLIST OF SHAVIANA 233

John R. Pfeiffer

CONTRIBUTORS 247

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