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George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright. Born in Dublim, he moved to London at the age of twenty and lived in England for the remainder of his life.

Although Shaw's first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, his talent was for drama, and during his career he authored more than sixty plays. Nearly all of his writings deal sternly with prevailing social problems, but are leavened by a vein of comedy to make their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege and found them all defective, but his ire was most aroused by the exploitation of the working class; his writings seldom fail to censure that abuse.

He is the only person to have been awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938). These were for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion, respectively. Shaw would have refused his Nobel Prize outright, because he had no desire for public honors, but accepted it at his wife's behest: she considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.

The above information is based on the Shaw article on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, based on the GNU Free Documentation License.

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Works by or about George Bernard Shaw at Internet Archive (scanned books original editions color illustrated)

Works by George Bernard Shaw at Project Gutenberg

The Shaw Society, UK, established in 1941

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