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Bernard Shaw, Volume 1: 1856-1898; The Search for Love

by Michael Holroyd

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This is the first volume of the authorized three-volume life of George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, wit, socialist, vegetarian and polemicist. It covers the first 41 years of his life, from his birth and childhood in Dublin to his marriage in 1898 to the Irish heiress and fellow socialist, Charlotte Payne-Townshend.… (more)
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ON THE STRENGTH of this first volume it seems possible to predict that after the second and third, Michael Holroyd will have completed one of the three great literary biographies of the century, the other two being the late Richard Ellmann's lives of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. It is perhaps not curious that all three should have Irishmen as subjects. Bernard Shaw predicted, in Back to Methuselah, that with the extinction of the Irish race, and also the Jewish, the life of the world would become unendurably dull.
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Bernard Shaw died on 2 November 1950 aged one week, three months and ninety-four years.
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Two experiences, both visual, dominate Sonny’s early years. The first was his sight of the Dublin slums. ‘I saw it and smelt it and loathed it.’
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This is the first volume of the authorized three-volume life of George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, wit, socialist, vegetarian and polemicist. It covers the first 41 years of his life, from his birth and childhood in Dublin to his marriage in 1898 to the Irish heiress and fellow socialist, Charlotte Payne-Townshend.

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