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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 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Untitled speech AMs, 6 lined pages. Appeal for financial contributions to the King Edward Memorial Hospital. Includes not declaring abhorrence of “charity business.” Speech published by Washington University Libraries under the title, “So He Took His Hat Round.”, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 2: Questionnaire from The World of Trade, Frankfort, Germany. Typed questionnaire with autograph Shaw responses. Questions concern Germany's position in post-World War I world. Includes envelope in which the questionnaire was returned., 1920: February 1Add to your cart.
Item 3: Draft of letter to editor of The New Statesman, typescript moderate autograph revision, signed by Shaw. The letter takes issue with an article by “Lens”, which hails the effectiveness of typhoid vaccine and advocates its use. Original article by “Lens” (pseudonym for Caleb Williams Saleeby, 1878 -?, British physician and author), a regular columnist for The New Statesman, appeared in November 18, 1916 issue. Shaw's response was published in that of November 25, 1916.Add to your cart.
Photocopies of published versions of Lens article and Shaw's letter accompany this item
Item 4: One sheet of galley for Herbert Spiegeberg's book Case Socrates Resumed: Posterity Take the Stand [anthology] concerning Shaw, ca 1950Add to your cart.
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