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Pygmalion

Pygmalion

a Romance in Five Acts

by Bernard Shaw

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 06/03/2003

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Pygmalion both delighted and scandalised its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own. This is the definitive text produced under the editorial supervision of Dan H. Laurence, with an illuminating introduction by Nicholas Grene, discussing the language and politics of the play. Also included in this volume is Shaw's preface, as well as his 'sequel' written for the first publication in 1916, to rebut public demand for a more conventionally romantic ending.
ISBN:
9780141439501
9780141439501
Category:
Plays
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
06-03-2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
144
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x8mm
Weight:
0.11kg

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