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Whimsies of the Sex Wars YOU NEVER CAN TELL

George Bernard Shaw tends to be remembered these days as something of a gasbag, capable of writing wry ironies and stately pronouncements but also prone to...

THEATER: ON WITH THE SHAW

A MODEST, HEALING PROPOSAL: since funding for the arts no longer seems a feasible practice in the U.S., why not send your arts dollars to Canada? Over the years,...

Books: From Crybaby to Curmudgeon

BERNARD SHAW: VOLUME I, 1856-1898, THE SEARCH FOR LOVE by Michael Holroy Random House; 486 pages; $24.95 A frustrated mama's boy who spent his life scorning...

Books: Bernard Shaw and Mark Twain

Two extraordinary publishing enterprises greet each other this month, just as their subjects did more than 80 years ago. The final entries in George Bernard...

Books: The Greatest Shaw on Earth

SHAW: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (1856-1898), selected by Stanley Weintraub. 336 pages. Weybright & Talley. $10. RECOLLECTIONS OF GEORGE BERNARD SHAW by R. J. Minney...

The Theater: GBS: Holy Terrorist of Iconoclasm

MAN AND SUPERMAN by BERNARD SHAW As a drama critic, George Bernard Shaw demolished most of the plays he saw; as a dramatist, he demolished most of society as...

The London Stage: Metaphysical Tinker Bell

"Somebody," George Bernard Shaw once said, "must take the Garden of Eden in hand and weed it properly." Obviously, the man that Shaw had in mind for the job...

Books: Reappraisal of G.B.S.

The oracular old man in knickerbockers loved controversy, but he might not have liked the one going on in London only six years since his death. To mark the...

Books: What Did Shaw Believe?

BERNARD SHAW (242 pp.)—Eric Bentley —New Directions ($2). A lecture by Single-Taxer Henry George convinced George Bernard Shaw that modern society was ill-made...

Books: Shaw's Friends

WILLIAM MORRIS AS I KNEW HIM— George Bernard Shaw—Dodd, Mead ($1.50). One of the few great British writers whose reputation has not bloomed abroad as well as...

Foreign News: Mrs. Shaw's Profession

One green, grey weekend in 1896, George Bernard Shaw (see above) went down to Stratford St. Andrew in Suffolk to visit his good Fabian friends, Sidney and...

Music: The Dangerous Delinquents

If music critics are remembered at all by posterity, it is usually for having been notably wrong in their judgments. A case in point: Eduard Hanslick...

Medicine: Shaw on Disease

George Bernard Shaw, now 89, has always had an excellent constitution, moderate habits, and a dislike of doctors. In his preface to The Doctor's Dilemma (1911),...

Music: Prelude to Shaw

Two things happened to George Bernard Shaw last week which he would never have predicted. He allowed himself to sign a contract to let his plays be cinematized...

Cinema: Don't Call Me George

Crusty old George Bernard Shaw, who always insisted on approving every detail of his plays' productions, was even crankier when it came to the movies. His will...

Books: Incessant Scribbler

BERNARD SHAW: COLLECTED LETTERS (1874-1897) edited by Dan H. Laurence. 877 pages. Dodd, Mead. $12.50. Probably no man wrote more letters. "There must be...

Religion: The Durable Avatar

George Bernard Shaw once called him the most beautiful human being he had ever seen. Aldous Huxley said that listening to him was like listening to "a...

Books: Sick Joke

THE RATIONALIZATION OF RUSSIA by George Bernard Shaw. 134 pages. Indiana University. $3.95. In 1931 George Bernard Shaw went on a nine-day, whirlwind tour of...

Education: G.B.S. v ABC

In his 94 years. George Bernard Shaw took up every sort of cause from Fabianism to vegetarianism to antivivisection. But he had one obsession that puzzled even...