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 26 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. George Bernard Shaw had two older sisters Lucinda Frances and Elinor Agnes *** 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 died on November 2, 1950
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 Bernard Shaw 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, George Bernard 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 novels were rejected and each year George Bernard Shaw 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. George Bernard Shaw 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 that George Bernard Shaw 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 George Bernard 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, George Bernard Shaw 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, George Bernard Shaw 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, George Bernard Shaw went on to write what would become his greatest work, Saint Joan in 1923.
George Bernard Shaw Fact 11: George Bernard Shaw 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 2, 1950 of renal failure sustained as a result of a fall while pruning a tree. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.
George Bernard Shaw Influence & Legacy: George Bernard Shaw 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 and the movie My Fair Lady was based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, as was Major Barbara. 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 - Major Barbara - Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction - The Doctor's Dilemma - 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 - 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 - The British Party System - Buoyant Billions - Farfetched Fables
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