By Stanley Weintraub

“Leading us via this notable wealth of connections, allusions, relationships, and affects, Weintraub by no means falters in his lucid writing that captures the reader’s curiosity and fascination.”—SHAW: the once a year of Bernard Shaw Studies


“This selection of essays via one of many world’s best Shaw students makes unique and demanding contributions to figuring out of Shaw on many various fronts. . . . A such a lot great addition to a masterly number of works approximately Shaw and his contemporaries via Weintraub, a set normally marked, as the following, by way of full of life, punchy, and exciting writing.”—English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920

"Splendid. This e-book continuously surprises and entertains with its revelations approximately Shaw's engagement with a magnificent array of historic and modern figures, starting from Jesus to Virginia Woolf. this can be a virtuoso functionality via a maestro of Shaw studies."--A. M. Gibbs, writer of Bernard Shaw: A Life

"Ur-Shavian Stanley Weintraub's nice virtues as a author are beautiful erudition and a continuously excessive point of clarity. time and again, his scholarship is illuminating--alive with unique findings that make his essays ecocnomic and intriguing to read."--Charles A. chippie, writer of Bernard Shaw as Artist-Fabian

People identified to Bernard Shaw had each cause to worry turning into recognizable characters in his performs. He became Beatrice Webb right into a witchlike virago in The Millionairess, Winston Churchill into an aspiring, blowhard flesh presser in John Bull's different Island, and Lawrence of Arabia into the eccentric military deepest Napoleon Alexander Trotsky Meek in Too actual to Be Good. although, as eminent Shaw pupil Stanley Weintraub unearths during this beautiful assortment, Shaw's relationships to actual or imagined personalities may be either apparently unforeseen and deliciously complex.
Featuring figures as different as Julius Caesar, Zulu king Cetewayo, Noel Coward, Edward Elgar, and Benjamin Disraeli, this quantity brilliantly demonstrates how Shaw placed anything of himself into all of his "people." the result's a publication that's constantly revealing, interesting, and entertaining.

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