SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD

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SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD - An Autograph Postcard Signed Authorizing the Recipient to 'Reproduce the photograph'
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SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD - An Autograph Postcard Signed Authorizing the Recipient to 'Reproduce the photograph'

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SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD. (1856-1950). Irish playwright and critic perhaps best known for his works The Devil’s Disciple and Pygmalion. APCS. (“G. Bernard Shaw”). 1p. Oblong 12mo. Ayot, Saint Lawrence, August 20, 1946. To Robert Browning, Jr.

 

Reproduce the photograph by all means as far as I am concerned. But I am not the owner of the copyright. He alone can authorize you ― at a price…”

 

Shaw began his career on April 21, 1894 when his Arms and the Man opened to great acclaim in London. An international success, it represented “the true beginning of [his] recognition as a popular dramatist,” (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Likened by some to Shakespeare, Shaw combined satire, comedy and social criticism in more than 50 plays, which include Saint Joan, Man and Superman and Pygmalion, the inspiration for the popular musical My Fair Lady. He also continued to write on art, literature, music, and drama – most notably for The Saturday Review, which he joined in 1895. He wrote with a wit and repartee that won him “incontestable eminence as the most effective British feuilletonist of his day… To the end, Shaw continued to publish brilliantly argued prefaces to his plays and to flood publishers with books, articles, and cantankerous letters to the editor,” (ibid.).

 

Shaw maintained two residences: one in London’s elegant Whitehall Court and another in the country town of Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, conveniently located conveniently near London, and it was from his country estate that Shaw penned our note.

 

Bearing a purple ink return address stamp in the lower margin. Normal wear and in very good condition.

 

$250


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