Bernard Shaw Bio Essay

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Bernard Shaw Bio

BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950)
George Bernard Shaw was born in 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. He led a average school life, but
his real education came from his strong foundation in music and painting, which he
received at home (Bentley vi). Bernard, he never used the name "George," had a very
impressive career. He wrote over fifty plays, many which are still widely preformed, and
was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925. Shaw died in 1950 in St. Lawrence,
England (McNabb 4).

Bernard Shaw was born to a mother who was a singer and father who was a drunkard. At
twenty he moved to London to continue his studies of the arts. He became a follower of
Marx and was a active socialist and founding member of the Fabian Society. He met, and
married, Charlotte Payne-Townshend in 1898 (McNabb 4).

His literary career was by far the most successful facet of Shaw's life. He wrote over
fifty plays, and created a series of masterpieces that created a large impact in English
drama. Many of his plays are still preformed today. He won a Nobel Prize for literature in
1925, and in 1938 won an Academy Award for Pygmalion.

Shaw was especially known for his strong opinions. They ranged from prostitution and war
to capitalism and love. Instead of creating villain versus hero dramas, he chose to create
life-like characters who are made of both good and evil (Mc Nabb 4).
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