SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Volume 13: Shaw and Other Playwrights

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The early conclusion that Shaw was mainly a magpie following the trails of many thinkers has led to the further consequence of neglecting Shaw's relationship to other playwrights. This volume of SHAW explores Shaw's plays as inheritances and inspirations of dramatic art and also locates Shaw himself as a presence in the work of his contemporaries and successors.

The volume concentrates on Shaw in relation to other modern British playwrights, notably Wilde, Bennett, Rattigan, the Court Theatre playwrights, and Shaw's successors from Coward to Stoppard. Gwyn Thomas's 1975 BBC play, The Ghost of Adelphi Terrace, puts Shaw and Barrie together on stage, and Shaw's 20 June 1937 Sunday Graphic obituary tribute to Barrie demonstrates Shaw's high regard for his contemporary and near neighbor.

There are also essays on how Shaw came increasingly to resemble Strindberg as a dramatist, on the requirements of acting and directing Shaw alongside his contemporaries at the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, and on Heartbreak House as a complex dialogue with Chekhov, Shakespeare, and Strindberg.

John R. Pfeiffer has prepared a special bibliography of sources relating to Shaw and other playwrights in addition to the Continuing Checklist of Shaviana, and Dan H. Laurence has provided Shaw's pronunciation guide for the more troublesome names of his stage characters. There are also reviews of four recent additions to Shavian scholarship. Contributors include John A. Bertolini, Fred D. Crawford, R. F. Dietrich, T. F. Evans, A. M. Gibbs, Leon H. Hugo, Christopher Newton, Sally Peters, John R. Pfeiffer, Evert Sprinchorn, and Stanley Weintraub.

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This annual publishes general articles on Shaw and his milieu, reviews, notes, and the Continuing Checklist of Shaviana--the bibliography of Shaw studies. Every other year's volume is devoted to a special theme. Volume 13 explores Shaw's plays as inheritances and inspirations of dramatic art and also locates Shaw himself as a presence in the work of his contemporaries and successors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271009087
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies , #13
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Bertolini is Professor of English at Middlebury College and author of The Playwrighting Self of Bernard Shaw (1991).

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Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION: SHAW AS MIMIC AND MODEL 1

John A. Bertolini

1. SHAW AND STRINDBERG 9

Evert Sprinchorn

2. “THE HIBERNIAN SCHOOL”: OSCAR WILDE

AND BERNARD SHAW 25

Stanley Weintraub

3. SHAW AND THE TWENTY-NINE PERCENTERS 51

Leon H. Hugo

4. ARNOLD BENNETT AND SHAW: “YOU WILL

NOT TAKE THE THEATRE SERIOUSLY ENOUGH” 73

T. F. Evans

5. FINDING SOMETHING NEW TO SAY: RATTIGAN

ELUDES SHAW 93

John A Bertolini

6. SHAW'S BRITISH INHERITORS 103

Fred D. Crawford

7. HEARTBREAK HOUSE: CHAMBER OF ECHOES 113

A.M. Gibbs

8. NOTES ON DIRECTING SHAW AND A FEW 133

CONTEMPORARIES

Christopher Newton

9. THE GHOST OF ADELPHI TERRACE 139

Gwyn Thomas (edited by R.F. Dietrich)

10. BARRIE: “THE MAN WITH HELL IN HIS SOUL” 151

Bernard Shaw

11. AS HE LIKED IT: BERNARD SHAW'S PRONOUNCING

GUIDE TO HIS STAGE CHARACTERS 155

Dan H. Laurence

12. SHAW AND OTHER PLAYWRIGHTS: A

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SECONDARY WRITINGS 159

John R. Pfeiffer

REVIEWS

THE NEW WOMAN VERSUS THE OLD ADAM 179

(Shaw's Daughters by J. Ellen Gainor)

Sally Peters

THE REVIEWER IN SPITE OF HIMSELF 188

(Bernard Shaw's Book Reviews by Brian Tyson)

Fred D. Crawford

OLD AGE SHAVIAN STYLE 193

(Bernard Shaw, Vol. 3, by Michael Holroyd)

Leon H. Hugo

BERNARD SHAW RESEARCH: IS IT ONLY

JUST BEGUN? 199

(Bernard Shaw: A Guide to Research by Stanley Weintraub)

John R. Pfeiffer

A CONTINUING CHECKLIST OF SHAVIANA 205

John R. Pfeiffer

NOTICES 227

CONTRIBUTORS 229

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