What Shaw Really Wrote about the War

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Juli 2006



In Wisenthal and O'Leary's What Shaw Really Wrote About the War, Bernard Shaw speaks for himself--revealing his passionate views of World War I as neither unpatriotic nor pacifist. Aiming to correct misconceptions and explore the complexity of Shaw's wartime journalism, the editors have assembled the first annotated collection of his writings about the war, including What I Wrote About the War (1914), the previously unpublished More Common Sense About the War (1915), and What I Said in the Great War (1918). This landmark volume also includes an important piece called Peace Conference Hints, Shaw's unsolicited advice to the Allies at the end of the war. In addition, the authors draw parallels to Shaw's "theatre of war," noting how his attitudes about war infused his plays, including Heartbreak House and the Back to Methusaleh cycle he began to write during this period. "Shaw seems to be one of the belligerents in the War himself," the editors argue, "enjoying the use of his verbal firepower in his pugnacious campaign against politicians' ineptitude and his audience's fatal misunderstandings of what is going on." Essential reading for Shaw scholars and still relevant today, his work speaks to anyone who exercises the right to ask questions and voice objections in times of war.


Jonathan Wisenthal is professor of English at the University of British Columbia and the author of several books, including Shaw's Sense of History. Daniel O'Leary is an assistant professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal and a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel and The History of the Book in Canada.

EAN: 9780813029603
ISBN: 0813029600
Untertitel: 'Florida Bernard Shaw'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2006
Seitenanzahl: 309 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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