GEORGE BERNARD SHAW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/24/1949 - HFSID 35579
Sale Price $680.00
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Playwright Bernard Shaw writes in reply to a letter about his dust cover.
Autograph Letter Signed: "G. Bernard Shaw", 1p, 3½x5½. Ayot Saint Lawrence, Welwtn, Herts, 1949 July 24. On card imprinted "From/Bernard Shaw" to George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Publishers & Exporters, London, W. C. In full: "Thanks for the original design for the dustcover of the Viosection book. I have given it back to the artist, Iliss Theodora Winsten. I have received six copies of the edition for members of the A. V. Society. Is the edition for sale to the public as one of your books any better? I ask because I have to send a copy of the best edition to the photographer of the donkey frigate. [signature] this is in reply to your WNB/JA dated the 15th instant." 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 worn at corners. Received stamp at upper left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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