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George Bernard Shaw Papers, 1901-1950 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: George Bernard Shaw Papers, 1901-1950Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1901-1950

ID: MS/MS/ms001

Primary Creator: Shaw, Bernard (1856-1950)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts and memorabilia relating to George Bernard Shaw. Correspondence, 1901 - 1928, includes 30 letters and cards to John Drinkwater. Also, autograph manuscript of speech, portraits of Shaw, and various personal artifacts.

Collection Historical Note

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.

He was most angered by what he perceived as the exploitation of the working class. An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles. For a short time he was active in local politics, serving on the London County Council.

In 1898, Shaw married Charlotte Payne-Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived. They settled in Ayot St Lawrence in a house now called Shaw's Corner. Shaw died there, aged 94, from chronic problems exacerbated by injuries he incurred by falling from a ladder.

He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaptation of his play of the same name), respectively.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method:

Accessions 1554 and 1603: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Ackert

Accessions 1464: Gift of Professor and Mrs. Herbert Spiegelberg

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed September 1982

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Miscellany],
[Series 4: Artwork],
[Series 5: Realia],

Series 3: MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Shaw signature, clipped from envelopeAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Program for special meeting of Academy of Political Science in honor of George Bernard Shaw, at which Shaw gave an address., 1933: April 11Add to your cart.
Item 3: Advertisement for “Mary Stuart,” [play] by Friedrich Schiller, American Theatre of St. LouisAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Tear sheet from The New Leader, article " Where Darwin Is Taboo, The Bible in America" by G. Bernard Shaw, 1925: July 10Add to your cart.
Item 5: Printed post card containing an excerpt from the Copyright Act of 1911 concerning educational reprints and a printed note by ShawAdd to your cart.
Accession 1464

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