GEORGE BERNARD SHAW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/23/1926 - HFSID 30598
Sale Price $1,360.00
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
George Bernard Shaw sends an autograph letter sending what should be put into a program.
Autograph Letter Signed: "G.B.S." and on verso signed: "G. Bernard Shaw", 4½x2¼ card imprinted: "With Bernard Shaw's compliments".10 Adelphi Terrace, London, 1926 February 23. To unknown recipient. In full:"This is what I propose to put into the program. If it will not fit, we can resort to fly leaf; but it is shorter than the note in the St Joan program. It, by the way, was signed in facsimile. In case it be thought worthwhile to make in a similar block this time I sign my name in a reproducible form on the back of this." Dublin-born British playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) wrote this note the year his production, Geneva, was on stage.In the play, which he revised in 1947, Shaw satirically portrays the League of Nations. Shaw's pieces were characteristically instructional, often including a teacher character, such as the popular Pygmalion (1913), which featured teacher Henry Higgins. Shaw began writing plays in 1892; his first, Widowers' Houses, voiced his opinions on society and world reform. His other works include Man and Superman, Candida, Saint Joan and Major Barbara. Throughout his 58 years as a playwright, Shaw covered many topics, but let his humor speak for itself. The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, he was lauded by the Nobel Committee "for his work which is marked by both idealism and humanity, its stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty." Lightly soiled. Framed in Gallery of History style: 32¼x19¾.
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