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Ebook Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw read! Book Title: Major Barbara
Edition: Hard Press
Date of issue: November 3rd 2006
ISBN: 140695716X
ISBN 13: 9781406957167
The author of the book: George Bernard Shaw
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 779 KB

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A Marxist play.
What more can I say?
Shaw's one of a kind,
And he had a great mind,
But he used it to say
That he'd found a way
To live without truth -
He believed it, forsooth!
He fought against God,
And built his facade
By claiming that reason
Was funding his treason.
He poked at all morals
And fueled all his quarrels
With words smooth as honey -
In short, he was funny!
It's not hard to mock
Or even to shock,
But for all his jeering
His methods are queering,
For Shaw fails to show
Why his strange credo
Is any more valid
Than potato salad!
Okay so that's stretching
The truth just a bit-
But what does it matter?
So long as it's wit?
If only it's funny
And makes people laugh
What matter if I call
A duck a giraffe?
It's just the old prejudice
Of people long gone
To call this a verse
Instead of a stone!
So, this is the bone
That I pick with Shaw
He tells us we’re stupid
And so is our law.
He doesn’t prove why
His ways are better
And if we object
He tells us we’re fretters.
But I think that his
Are the ways that are puerile
You dare ask me why?
You’re just an imbecile!

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Ebook Major Barbara read Online! George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, 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. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes more palatable. In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.

An ardent socialist, Shaw was angered by what he perceived to be the exploitation of the working class. He 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.

He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938). The former for his contributions to literature and the latter for his work on the film "Pygmalion" (adaptation of his play of the same name). Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright, as he had no desire for public honours, but he accepted it at his wife's behest. She considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.

Shaw died at Shaw's Corner, aged 94, from chronic health problems exacerbated by injuries incurred by falling.


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