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Pygmalion

By George Bernard Shaw

ISBN: 9781847498595

144 pages

RRP: £5.99

Unique edition presented in its original 1916 edition with all the later variants and additions

When professor of phonetics Henry Higgins wages with Colonel Pickering that he could teach even a gutter-mouthed flower seller how to speak like a duchess, little does he expect that his social experiment will be riddled with difficulties, and that, behind her cockney parlance, the girl in question, Eliza Doolittle, has a mind, ideas and aspirations of her own. Things come to a crux when the creature starts to rebel against her creator – and the scene is set for a play that questions the class system, social appearances and the role of women in society.

Universally regarded as Shaw’s most successful work for the stage, Pygmalion – here presented in its original 1916 version, with a wealth of extra material, including the author’s subsequent revisions and additions to the text – has spawned a great number of screen adaptations, among them the famous 1956 Broadway musical My Fair Lady, and shows ancient myth’s undiminishing ability to find new incarnations in modern life.

REVIEWS

  • His plays were superb exercises in high-level argument on every issue under the sun, from feminism and God, to war and eternity, but they were also hits–and still are.

    The Daily Mail

  • [Shaw] did his best in redressing the fateful unbalance between truth and reality, in lifting mankind to a higher rung of social maturity. He often pointed a scornful finger at human frailty, but his jests were never at the expense of humanity. 

    Thomas Mann

George Bernard Shaw

The author of over fifty works for the stage – among them Pygmalion and Man and Superman – the Irish playwright and political writer George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) was the leading dramatist of his generation and the recipient of the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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