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 is a Professor of English at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, a senior member of Robinson College, Cambridge, a Corresponding Scholar of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has published widely on British and Canadian drama and theatre.
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
From the Preface to Plays Unpleasant (1930)
From the Preface to Mrs Warren’s Profession (1930)
Appendix B: The Expurgated Text of Mrs Warren’s Profession (1898)
Appendix C: Contemporary Reviews
St James’s Gazette (7 January 1902)
J.T. Grein, The Sunday Special (12 January 1902)
New York Times (31 October 1905)
New York Times (31 October 1905)
Manitoba Free Press (1 May 1907)
Glasgow News (11 April 1913)
Birmingham Gazette (28 July 1925)
The Times (29 September 1925)
Appendix D: Prostitution in Victorian England
From The Unknown Mayhew: Selections from the Morning Chronicle, 1849-50
From James Miller, Prostitution Considered in Relation to Cause and Cure (1859)
From Parliamentary Papers, 1865, XX, Children’s Employment Commission
From William Acton, Prostitution Considered in its Moral, Social, and Sanitary Aspects (1870)
From Alfred S. Dyer, The European Slave Trade in English Girls (1882)
From An Act to Make Further Provision for the Protection of Women and Girls [The Criminal Law Amendment Act] (1890)
FromGeneral [William] Booth, In Darkest England and the Way Out (1890)
From Clementina Black, Married Women’s Work (1915)
From the Old Testament: Leviticus 18.6-18
From the House of Lords Debate on the Incest Bill (16 July 1903)
From the House of Commons Debate on the Incest Bill (26 June 1908)
From An Act to Provide for the Punishment of Incest (1908)
Appendix F: Censorship of the Stage
From An Act for Regulating Theatres, (1843)
A Memorandum from the Lord Chamberlain to the Examiner of Plays (1895)
“The Censorship of Plays,” The Times (29 October 1907)
From the Reportfrom the Joint Select Committee of the House of Lords and the House of Commons (1909)
Appendix G: Vivie Warren’s Cambridge
Petitions and Resolutions on Degrees for Women (1896-97)
From the Senate Debate on Degrees for Women (March 1897)
The May 1897 Riots
An Undergraduate at Newnham College (1896-99)
Appendix H: The New Woman
From Grant Allen, “Plain Words on the Woman Question,” Fortnightly Review (October 1889)
From Sarah Grand, “The New Aspect of the Woman Question,” North American Review (March 1894)
From Alys W. Pearsall Smith, “A Reply from the Daughters,” Nineteenth Century (March 1894)
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