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Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw


Overview - Fabian socialist and ardent proselytizer, George Bernard Shaw viewed his role as a playwright as far more than that of an entertainer. His audiences heard fully articulated sermons on moral and economic issues, a potentially dry theatrical experience enlivened by Shaw's genius for creating vital characters and scintillating dialogue.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Fabian socialist and ardent proselytizer, George Bernard Shaw viewed his role as a playwright as far more than that of an entertainer. His audiences heard fully articulated sermons on moral and economic issues, a potentially dry theatrical experience enlivened by Shaw's genius for creating vital characters and scintillating dialogue. Major Barbara offers a sparkling example of its author's unique gift for presenting social theories in an engaging format.
The eponymous heroine, an officer in the Salvation Army, is the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy armaments manufacturer. When the Army accepts donations from Undershaft and a whiskey distiller, whose money Barbara regards as tainted, she resigns in disgust, but eventually sees the truth of her father's reasoning that social iniquity derives from poverty; it is only through accumulating wealth and power that people can help each other.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486421261
  • ISBN-10: 0486421260
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: May 2002
  • Page Count: 128
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.26 x 5.2 x 0.33 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23 pounds

Series: Dover Thrift Editions

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