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ISBN-10: 0140437932
ISBN-13: 9780140437935
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 01/01/2001
Dimensions: 7.82" L, 5.08" W, 0.74" H

Plays Unpleasant: Widowers’ Houses/The Philanderer/Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Introduction by: David Edgar

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Exclusive to Penguin Classics: the definitive text of Shaw’s volume of “unpleasant” plays, Widowers’ Houses, The Philanderer, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession–part of the official Bernard Shaw Library

A Penguin Classic

With Plays Unpleasant, Shaw issued a radical challenge to his audiences’ complacency and exposed social evils through his dramatization of the moral conflicts between youthful idealism and economic reality, promiscuity and marriage, and the duties of women to others and to themselves. His first play, Widowers’ Houses, depicts Harry Trench’s dilemma on learning that the inheritance of his fiancée comes from her father’s income as a slum landlord. In The Philanderer, charismatic Leonard Charteris proposes marriage to Grace, while he is still involved with the beautiful Julia Craven–who is not inclined to give him up so easily. And in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Vivie Warren is forced to reconsider her own future when she discovers that her mother’s immoral earnings funded her genteel upbringing.

This is the definitive text under the editorial supervision of Dan H. Laurence. This volume includes Shaw’s prefaces, cast lists from the first productions of the plays, and a list of his principal works.

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By the Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

"[Shaw] did his best in redressing the fateful unbalance between truth and reality, in lifting mankind to a higher rung of social maturity. He often pointed a scornful finger at human frailty, but his jests were never at the expense of humanity." –Thomas Mann

"Shaw will not allow complacency; he hates second-hand opinions; he attacks fashion; he continually challenges and unsettles, questioning and provoking us even when he is making us laugh. And he is still at it. No cliché or truism of contemporary life is safe from him." –Michael Holroyd

"In his works Shaw left us his mind. . . . Today we have no Shavian wizard to awaken us with clarity and paradox, and the loss to our national intelligence is immense." The Sunday Times

"He was a Tolstoy with jokes, a modern Dr. Johnson, a universal genius who on his own modest reckoning put even Shakespeare in the shade." The Independent

"His plays were superb exercises in high-level argument on every issue under the sun, from feminism and God, to war and eternity, but they were also hits–and still are." –The Daily Mail

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ISBN-10: 0140437932
ISBN-13: 9780140437935
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 01/01/2001
Dimensions: 7.82" L, 5.08" W, 0.74" H
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