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Biography Summary:
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) was famous for being an Oscar winning playwright.

His work became known globally in his own lifetime. When World War I broke out he was he strongly opposed any involvement by the British and when he visited the USSR and met Joseph Stalin he was an early supporter.

He did not marry until later in life, in fact in his forties, when he met Charlotte Payne-Townshend a feminist of free spirit and of Anglo-Irish descendants. She proposed to him and he would finally accept and the couple married in 1898 but they had no children.
 

George Bernard Shaw Fact Sheet: Who was George Bernard Shaw? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of George Bernard Shaw.

George Bernard Shaw Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1856 - 1950 *** Full Name: George Bernard Shaw *** Occupation: Irish Playwright, Nobel Prize winner and Oscar winner, Socialist and Critic *** Date of Birth: George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26th 1856 *** Place of Birth: George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland *** Family background: His father was George Carr Shaw who was a civil servant and Lucinda Elizabeth Gurly a music teacher and aspiring singer. He has two older sisters Lucinda Frances who performed light opera as well as musical comedies and Elinor Agnes who died at around twenty one years of age of tuberculosis *** Early life and childhood: He grew up in what was known as gentile poverty in other words, they were of a good family but had very little money *** Education: George Bernard Shaw was taught by his uncle and by his mother before attending Wesley College in Dublin and then Dublin’s Central Model School and finally Dublin English Scientific and Commercial Day School ***

George Bernard Shaw Fact 1: George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26th 1856 and during the 19th century period in history when great strides were made in the industrial revolution, the Victoria era was coming to a close and there were vast technological advances being made.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 2: Although his parents split when he was fifteen and his mother and two sisters moved to London, George remained with his father in Dublin until his sister contracted tuberculosis and died when he moved to be with his mother in London.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 3: Once in London, Shaw began to write, a novel a year over the next five years, situating himself in the British Museum reading everything he could get his hands on. Each year his novel was rejected and each year he wrote a new one.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 4: Unfortunately he could not earn a living, partly because he could not get his books published and partly because he refused paid work that did not suit his desire to be a writer. He lived on his mother’s generosity of providing a roof over his head and his father sending him funds from Dublin.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 5: It was during this time he developed his socialist beliefs and also became a member of the Fabian Society.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 6: William Archer, a Scottish theater critic who would give Shaw his first break as a critic and as a result of this turn of events Shaw would become self-sufficient and supporting.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 7: His first break into playwriting came in 1892, having completed Widower’s Houses it went into production and opened at the London’s Royalty Theatre in December 1892 followed by The Philanderer and Mrs Warren’s Profession.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 8: The subject material of his early writing proving a little difficult to sell he embarked on what he called “pleasant” material and wrote Arms and the Man in 1894, Candida in the same years and You Never Can Tell in 1897.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 9: By 1910 he had become a well-established playwright and produced Fanny’s First Play and Pygmalion in 1911 and 1912.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 10: Having been inspired by the canonization of Joan of Arc in 1920 he went on to write what would become his greatest work, Saint Joan in 1923.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 11: He continued to write throughout his life. He also became a member of the Interplanetary Society when he was ninety one years of age.

George Bernard Shaw Fact 12: George Bernard Shaw died on November 2nd 1950 of renal failure sustained as a result of a fall while pruning a tree. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

Influence & Legacy: He would become a legend in his own time, with most English speaking countries being aware of who he was and his work. A musical version of Pygmalion was produced and become a major success.

Plays Written by George Bernard Shaw
Passion Play - Un Petit Drame - Widowers' Houses - The Philanderer - Mrs. Warren's Profession - Arms and the Man - Candida- The Man of Destiny - You Never Can Tell - The Devil's Disciple - The Gadfly - Caesar and Cleopatra - Captain Brassbound's Conversion - The Admirable Bashville - Man and Superman - Don Juan in Hell - John Bull's Other Island - How He Lied to Her Husband - Major Barbara - Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction - The Doctor's Dilemma - The Interlude at the Playhouse - Getting Married - The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet - Press Cuttings - Fascinating Foundling - The Glimpse of Reality - Misalliance - The Dark Lady of the Sonnets - Fanny's First Play - Androcles and the Lion - Overruled - Beauty's Duty - Pygmalion - Great Catherine - The Music Cure - O'Flaherty V.C. - The Inca of Perusalem - Augustus Does His Bit - Macbeth Skit - Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress - Heartbreak House - Back to Methuselah - A Glimpse of the Domesticity of Franklyn Barnabas - Jitta's Atonement - Saint Joan - The Apple Cart - Too True to Be Good - Village Wooing - On the Rocks - The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles - The Six of Calais - The Millionairess - Arthur and the Acetone - Cymbeline Refinished - Geneva - In Good King Charles's Golden Days - The British Party System - Buoyant Billions - Farfetched Fables - Shakes versus Shav - Why She Would Not

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