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John Bull's Other Island
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Indypublish.Com
Publication date June 1, 2002
Pages 128
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781404311817
ISBN-10 1404311815
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $88.99
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: John Bull's Other Island is a comedy about Ireland, written by G. Bernard Shaw in 1904. Shaw himself was born in Dublin, yet this is the only play of his where he thematically returned to his homeland. The play was commissioned by W.B. Yeats for the opening of Dublin's Abbey Theatre. The play premiered in London at the Court Theatre on November 1, 1904, under the Vedrenne-Barker management. It was a great success and the Court would go on to produce many other Shaw plays, both old and new. Dealing with the Irish question of the time, the play was seen by many major British political figures. A command performance was given for King Edward VII. He laughed so hard he broke his chair. This incident was widely reported and—after more than a decade of playwriting—Shaw's name was made in London.

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright. Although Shaw's first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, his talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings deal sternly with prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy to make their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care and class privilege, and found them all defective. He was most angered by the exploitation of the working class, and most of his writings censure that abuse. An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal political rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthful lifestyles. He is the only person to have been awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938). These were for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion, respectively. Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright because he had no desire for public honors, but accepted it at his wife's behest: she considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English. - Wikipedia

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