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Bernard Shaw
17 Feb 2015 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781784971403

The essential George Bernard Shaw biography for the general reader, showing a provocative and paradoxical figure sympathetically and movingly portrayed.

Non Fiction / BGL (Biography)
Extent: 848 pages
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Bernard Shaw: The New BiographyGreat Livesby Michael Holroyd

Playwright, wit, socialist, polemicist, vegetarian and charmer, Bernard Shaw was a controversial literary figure, the scourge of Victorian values and middle-class pretensions.

This is Michael Holroyd's essential biography of George Bernard Shaw. With its pace and verve, its comedy, drama and politics, it portrays a provocative and paradoxical figure sympathetically and movingly.

Besides the biographies of Augustus John, Bernard Shaw and Lytton Strachey, Michael Holroyd has written two volumes of memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic. He was president of the Royal Society of Literature from 2003 - 2008 and is the only non-fiction writer to have been awarded the British Literature Prize. He lives in London and Somerset with his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble.

'A masterly exercise in biographical magic' Spectator

'This elegant volume gives the quintessence of Shaw...[it does] justice to a great Irishman' Irish Independent

'A man whose art rested as much upon the exercise of inteligence could not have chosen a more intelligent biographer' The Times

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