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George Bernard Shaw


Early Life

George Bernard Shaw was the only son of George Carr Shaw, and was born on 26th of July 1856.George Bernard shaw father was a corn trader. His father was a drunkard and spent all of his money on liquor so there was very little money lift for George's Education. George never went to university in his life, although he acquired his early education from local schools.

George worked in Dublin estate agency as a junior Clerk in 1871. At that time his salary was 18 Pounds a year. He didn't like working there and called his work in the estate agency as a sheer waste of life. During that time his parents got settled in London, in March 1876 George also moved to London.

George wanted to become a writer, he wrote 5 novels in seven years and those novels were unsuccessful. Unlike his writing at that time, he was more successful with his journalism and was contributing to Pall Mall Gazette.

In 1982 George Bernard shah attended a lecture on Land nationalization by Henry George and this lecture had a very deep effect on George and this lead him to develop his ideas on Socialism. George Bernard Shaw then joined the Social Democratic Federation. George was introduced to the works of Karl Marx by the leader of Social Democratic Federation, H.H. Hyndman. With the passage of time Shaw became a very active member of the Social Democratic Federation. He became friends with William Morris, Eleanor Marx, Edward Aveling, Belford Bax and Annie Besant who were also members of the Social democratic Federation. George Bernard Shah joined the Fabian Society and then the Socialist League the next year. It was an organization that was formed by Morris and Marx. He left the Social Democratic Federation because of a Dispute with its leader H.H. Hyndman.

Affiliation With Socialists

George Bernard Shaw started giving lectures on Socialism on streets and was also distributing political literature. These were the days when he took part in a demonstration that took place in London and later that day the demonstration resulted in the Bloody Sunday Riot. The revolutionary socialism of Social Democratic Federation was rejected by the Fabian Society, as the Fabian society were concerned about helping the society to march towards a new socialist society. That's is why the group was named after a Quintus Fabius Maximus, who was a Roman general. Quintus Fabius Maximus was a staunch advocate of the idea to that an opposition should be weakened through harassing operations not by getting involved with them in a battle. George Bernard Shaw wrote a series of Pamphlets for the Fabian group, which includes the Fabian Manifesto, Fabian Election Manifesto, Fabianism and the Empire, Socialism for Millionaires.

George Bernard shah was appointed as a drama critic by Frank Harris for The Fortnightly Review. Frank Harris also published George's long articles that includes Socialism and Superior Brains. Frank Harris describes George Bernard Shaw as a very direct and sharply decisive person.

George Bernard Shaw was also a strong supporter of Women's rights. "Unless woman repudiates her womanliness, her duty to her husband, to her children, to society, to the law, and to everyone but hersulef, she cannot emancipate herself. It is false to say that woman is now directly the slave of man, she is the immediate slave of duty, and as man's path to freedom is strewn with the wreckage of the duties and ideals he has trampled on, so must hers be" George Bernard shaw views about women in 1981.

George Bernard Shaw had an Accident in April 1898, he said about his accident that his left foot swelled up so much that it looks like the size of a church bell. Beatrise Webb mentioned Shaw in a diary entry that "Bernard Shaw is a marvelously smart witty fellow with a crank for not making money. I have never known a man use his pen in such a workmanlike fashion or acquire such a thoroughly technical knowledge of any subject upon which he gives an opinion. A vegetarian, fastidious but unconventional in his clothes, six foot in height, braod-chested figure and laughing blue eyes and above all a brilliant talker and therefore a delightful companion".

G.B Shaw's Death

George Bernard Shaw died on November 2, 1950. He fall down from a tree and when taken to the hospital it was discovered that he fractured his hip and because of this he developed a kidney failure.

G.B Shaw's Works

The following is a list of some of George Bernard Shaw's works.


  • Immaturity, 1879
  • The Irrational Knot, 1880
  • Love among the Artist, 1881
  • Plays

  • Widower's houses, 1892
  • The Philander, 1893
  • Arms and the Man, 1894
  • Candida, 1895
  • The Man of Destiny, 1895
  • Pygamalion, 1912

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