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George Bernard Shaw Bookmark George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

“Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.”

George Bernard Shaw lived by his principles. An active political organizer and speaker and a founding member of the British Labour Party, he spoke out for numerous causes, including the abolition of private property, women’s rights, and the simplification of spelling. A lifelong vegetarian, he abstained from alcohol and tobacco. When awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, he accepted the honor but turned down the money.

Over the course of his long life, he wrote essays, theatre and music criticism, as well as more than 50 plays, including such classics as Pygmalion, Major Barbara, and Saint Joan. Though some were simple comedies, many dealt with the social issues that Shaw fought for all his life. In a letter to Henry James, he wrote, “What is the point of writing plays, what is the point of writing anything, if there is not a will which finally moulds chaos itself into a race of gods.”
George Bernard Shaw