ISBN-10:
1551116278
ISBN-13:
9781551116273
Pub. Date:
09/13/2005
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Mrs. Warren's Profession / Edition 1

Mrs. Warren's Profession / Edition 1

by Bernard Shaw, Leonard Conolly
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ISBN-13: 9781551116273
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 09/13/2005
Series: Broadview Editions Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 226,491
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author





George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 - 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.




By the mid-1880s he had become a respected theatre and music critic. Following a political awakening, he joined the gradualist Fabian Society and became its most prominent pamphleteer. Shaw had been writing plays for years before his first public success, Arms and the Man in 1894. Influenced by Henrik Ibsen, he sought to introduce a new realism into English-language drama, using his plays as vehicles to disseminate his political, social and religious ideas. By the early twentieth century his reputation as a dramatist was secured with a series of critical and popular successes that included Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra.




During the first decade of the twentieth century Shaw secured a firm reputation as a playwright. In 1904 J. E. Vedrenne and Harley Granville-Barker established a company at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Bernard Shaw: A Brief Chronology
A Note on British Currency
A Note on the Text

Mrs Warren’s Profession

Appendix A: From Shaw’s Prefaces to Plays Unpleasant and Mrs Warren’s Profession

  1. From the Preface to Plays Unpleasant (1930)
  2. From the Preface to Mrs Warren’s Profession (1930)

Appendix B: The Expurgated Text of Mrs Warren’s Profession (1898)

Appendix C: Contemporary Reviews

  1. St James’s Gazette (7 January 1902)
  2. J.T. Grein, The Sunday Special (12 January 1902)
  3. New York Times (31 October 1905)
  4. New York Times (31 October 1905)
  5. Manitoba Free Press (1 May 1907)
  6. Glasgow News (11 April 1913)
  7. Birmingham Gazette (28 July 1925)
  8. The Times (29 September 1925)

Appendix D: Prostitution in Victorian England

  1. From The Unknown Mayhew: Selections from the Morning Chronicle, 1849-50
  2. From James Miller, Prostitution Considered in Relation to Cause and Cure (1859)
  3. From Parliamentary Papers, 1865, XX, Children’s Employment Commission
  4. From William Acton, Prostitution Considered in its Moral, Social, and Sanitary Aspects (1870)
  5. From Alfred S. Dyer, The European Slave Trade in English Girls (1882)
  6. From An Act to Make Further Provision for the Protection of Women and Girls [The Criminal Law Amendment Act] (1890)
  7. FromGeneral [William] Booth, In Darkest England and the Way Out (1890)
  8. From Clementina Black, Married Women’s Work (1915)

AppendixE: Incest

  1. From the Old Testament: Leviticus 18.6-18
  2. From the House of Lords Debate on the Incest Bill (16 July 1903)
  3. From the House of Commons Debate on the Incest Bill (26 June 1908)
  4. From An Act to Provide for the Punishment of Incest (1908)

Appendix F: Censorship of the Stage

  1. From An Act for Regulating Theatres, (1843)
  2. A Memorandum from the Lord Chamberlain to the Examiner of Plays (1895)
  3. “The Censorship of Plays,” The Times (29 October 1907)
  4. From the Reportfrom the Joint Select Committee of the House of Lords and the House of Commons (1909)

Appendix G: Vivie Warren’s Cambridge

  1. Petitions and Resolutions on Degrees for Women (1896-97)
  2. From the Senate Debate on Degrees for Women (March 1897)
  3. The May 1897 Riots
  4. An Undergraduate at Newnham College (1896-99)

Appendix H: The New Woman

  1. From Grant Allen, “Plain Words on the Woman Question,” Fortnightly Review (October 1889)
  2. From Sarah Grand, “The New Aspect of the Woman Question,” North American Review (March 1894)
  3. From Alys W. Pearsall Smith, “A Reply from the Daughters,” Nineteenth Century (March 1894)

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Mrs Warrens Profession 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
391 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The play works well as a diatribe against the injustices faced by working women, the inequality of job opportunities, and a debate on 'sin' and honest living. However, the characters are unlikeable, the dialogue forced and the outcome ridiculous. As a piece of writing, Shaw's writing will never fail - as a play, however, it does not suit its genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well-done play. Loved it.