GEORGE BERNARD SHAW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/28/1945 - HFSID 252446
Sale Price $765.00
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Playwright Bernard Shaw writes to an admirer.
Autograph Letter Signed: "GBS", 1p, 4x5¾. 4 Whitehall Court, London, 1945 December 28. On card imprinted "From/Bernard Shaw" to J. P. Gallagher Jr.. In full: "Not on your life. This ephemeral jobwork does not pay; and I do it only when there is something topical that I want to say." Addresses in Shaw's hand: "J. P. Gallaher Jr./Atlas Desphatohes Ltd/65 Fleet St/E. C. H.London" 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." Mid-vertical fold, through "B". Slightly soiled. Lightly creased and worn at corners. Overall, fine condition.
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