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George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw
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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. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Issues which engaged Shaw's attention included education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.

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  • ''Of the three official objects of our prison system: vengeance, deterrence, and reformation of the criminal, only one is achieved; and that is the one which is nakedly abominable.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published in seven parts in the New York American (April 30-June 11, 1922). Cru...
  • ''The lesson intended by an author is hardly ever the lesson the world chooses to learn from his book.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1903). Man and Superman, epistle dedicatory, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected...
  • As to spelling the very frequent word though with six letters instead of two, it is impossible to discuss it, as it is outside the range of common sanity. In comparison such a monstrosity as phlegm fo...
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published in The Author (Summer 1944). "The Author as Manual Laborer," On Langu...
  • ''No severity of punishment deters when detection is uncertain, as it always must be.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published as "Reasonable Murder," Sunday Express (May 13, 1928). Crude Criminol...
  • ''Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.''
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1903). Man and Superman, "The Revolutionist's Handbook," The Bodley Head Bernard Sha...
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