By George Bernard Shaw, John A. Bertolini
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I think Shaw himself meant both possibilities to be weighed, for the direction Europe would take in 1919 was as unknown to Shaw as it was to Europe. But since both Shaw and Europe would see another World War twenty years later, it would seem that Ellie and Hesione had their hope fulfilled; the air machines indeed did come back. Shaw survived that war, too, and did not die until 1950, writing plays舒practicing the craft of Shakespeare, as he put it舒and prefaces, fables, screenplays, and political treatises, and enough letters for ten lives.
Some twelve years earlier, when she was starring in the film The Philadelphia Story, Shaw himself had suggested that she was just the sort of actress to play his millionairess. But even apart from her actual stage experience with Shaw, Hepburn, like her parents before her, was a Shavian舒that is, influenced by Shaw舗s ideas; full of unorthodox views, especially about religion; independent-minded; strong-willed. That was the appeal of Shaw in the 1930s, when the number of his plays that were part of the active repertory of the world舗s theater舒say twenty plays舒was greater than that of almost any other playwright, Shakespeare, as always, excepted.
Equally prolific in his writings about music and theater, Shaw was so popular that he signed his critical pieces with simply the initials GBS. ) He remained in the public eye throughout his final years, writing controversial plays until his death. George Bernard Shaw died at his country home on November 2, 1950. 1865George John Vandeleur Lee, Mrs. Shaw舗s singing instructor, moves into the Shaw household. 1873Shaw舗s mother, now a professional singer, follows Van deleur Lee to London, where they establish a household that includes Shaw舗s sisters, Elinor Agnes and Lucille Frances (Lucy).
Pygmalion and Three Other Plays (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by George Bernard Shaw, John A. Bertolini