George Bernard Shaw
Nobel Prize in Literature-1925 , OSCAR-1938 for his work
on the film Pygmalion adapted from his
play of the same name. He is the only person to
have been awarded an OSCAR and the Nobel Prize.
Born: 26/07/1856 in Dublin, Ireland
Died: 02/11/1950 in Ayot, St. Lawrence,
George Bernard Shaw's father was a
grain merchant and mother was a professional singer. Shaw went to
private schools but being very independent minded, he was suffocated
by the rigid discipline and rigid syllabus of the schools. This
animosity towards schools and teachers remained for lifelong
At the age of 16, Shaw worked as a
clerk in an estate office. In the spare time, he would visit public
libraries and earnestly devote himself to studies and writing novels.
In later years, her joined as a member of the Fabian Society. Shaw had
soft corner for the working class and exploitation of the workers find
reflection in many of his plays.
Bernard Shaw, when awarded
the Nobel Prize, very reluctantly received it at the insistence of his
wife for prestige of Ireland as he was against any public honor. He
donated the monetary part to finance translation of fellow playwright
August Strindberg's works from Swedish to English.
Shaw was a playwright, novelist and essayist
and his writings were full of satire lashed with black humour.
Landmarks:* Shaw was one
of the co-founders of the London School of Economics
The Philanderer(1898), Arms and
the Man(1894), The Devil's
(1897) , Caesar and
Cleopatra(1898),Man and Superman(1902-03),Major
The Apple Cart(1929)
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