What Shaw Really Wrote about the War

What Shaw Really Wrote about the War

by Jonathan Wisenthal
     
 



In Wisenthal and O’Leary’s What Shaw Really Wrote About the War, Bernard Shaw speaks for himself—revealing his passionate views of World War I as neither unpatriotic nor pacifist. Aiming to correct misconceptions and explore the complexity of Shaw’s wartime journalism, the editors have assembled the first annotated

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In Wisenthal and O’Leary’s What Shaw Really Wrote About the War, Bernard Shaw speaks for himself—revealing his passionate views of World War I as neither unpatriotic nor pacifist. Aiming to correct misconceptions and explore the complexity of Shaw’s wartime journalism, the editors have assembled the first annotated collection of his writings about the war, including What I Wrote About the War (1914),thepreviously unpublished More Common Sense About the War (1915), and What I Said in the Great War (1918). This landmark volume also includes an important piece called Peace Conference Hints, Shaw’s unsolicited advice to the Allies at the end of the war. In addition, the authors draw parallels to Shaw’s “theatre of war,” noting how his attitudes about war infused his plays, including Heartbreak House and the Back to Methusaleh cycle he began to write during this period. “Shaw seems to be one of the belligerents in the War himself,” the editors argue, “enjoying the use of his verbal firepower in his pugnacious campaign against politicians’ ineptitude and his audience’s fatal misunderstandings of what is going on.” Essential reading for Shaw scholars and still relevant today, his work speaks to anyone who exercises the right to ask questions and voice objections in times of war.
 
Contents include: Shaw’s Theatre of War; Common Sense About the War (1914); More Common Sense About the War (1915); The Case of Rutland Boughton (1916); On British Squealing, and the Situation After the War (1917);What I Said in the Great War (1918); Preface for French edition of Peace Conference Hints (1919); Peace Conference Hints (1919); Index

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813029603
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Florida Bernard Shaw Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Jonathan Wisenthal is professor of English at the University of British Columbia and the author of several books, including Shaw’s Sense of History.
 
Daniel O'Leary is an assistant professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal. A contributor to the Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel and The History of the Book in Canada, he is currently at work completing a study of British nationalism in the literature of Victorian Canada.

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