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Saint Joan : Penguin Classics - George Bernard Shaw

Saint Joan

Penguin Classics


Published: 17th September 2001
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With Saint Joan, Shaw reached the height of his fame as a dramatist, and it was this play that led to his Nobel Prize for Literature for 1925. This powerful historical drama distils many of the ideas he had been exploring in earlier works on politics, religion, feminism and creative evolution. Fascinated by the story of Joan of Arc, but unhappy with the way she had traditionally been depicted, Shaw wanted to remove 'the whitewash which disfigures her beyond recognition'. He presents a realistic Joan: proud, intolerant, naive, foolhardy and brave - a rebel and a woman for his time and ours.

This is the definitive text under the editorial supervision of Dan H. Laurence. The volume includes Shaw's preface of 1924, the cast list of the first production of Saint Joan and a chronology.

About The Author

George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856. Although essentially shy, he created the persona of G. B. S., the showman, satirist, controversialist, critic, pundit, wit, intellectual buffoon and dramatist. Commentators brought a new adjective into English: Shavian, a term used to embody all his brilliant qualities.

After his arrival in London in 1876 he became an active Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. He wrote on many social aspects of the day: on Common Sense about the War (1914), How to Settle the Irish Question (1917) and The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1928). He undertook his own education at the British Museum and consequently became keenly interested in cultural subjects. Thus his prolific output included music, art and theatre reviews, which were collected into several volumes such as Music in London 1890–1894 (3 vols, 1931); Pen Portraits and Reviews (1931); and Our Theatres in the Nineties (3 vols, 1931). He also wrote five novels and some shorter fiction, including The Black Girl in Search of God and Some Lesser Tales and Cashel Byron's Profession, both published in Penguin's Bernard Shaw Library.

He conducted a strong attack on the London theatre and was closely associated with the intellectual revival of British theatre. His plays fall into several categories: 'Plays Pleasant'; 'Plays Unpleasant'; comedies; chronicle-plays; 'metabiological Pentateuch' (Back to Methuselah, a series of plays); and 'political extravaganzas'. Bernard Shaw died in 1950.

Nobel Prize for Literature

'On Playing Joan'p. vii
Introductionp. xi
Joan the Original and Presumptuousp. 7
Joan and Socratesp. 8
Contrast with Napoleonp. 8
Was Joan Innocent or Guilty?p. 9
Joan's Good Looksp. 11
Joan's Social Positionp. 12
Joan's Voices and Visionsp. 13
The Evolutionary Appetitep. 14
The Mere Iconography does not Matterp. 16
The Modern Education which Joan Escapedp. 16
Failures of the voicesp. 18
Joan a Galtonic Visualizerp. 18
Joan's Manliness and Militarismp. 19
Was Joan Suicidal?p. 20
Joan Summed Upp. 21
Joan's Immaturity and Ignorancep. 22
The Maid in Literaturep. 22
Protestant Misunderstandings of the Middle Agesp. 25
Comparative Fairness of Joan's Trialp. 26
Joan not tried as a Political Offenderp. 27
The Church Uncompromised by its Amendsp. 29
Cruelty, Modern and Medievalp. 30
Catholic Anti-Clericalismp. 31
Catholicism not yet Catholic Enoughp. 32
The Law of Change is the Law of Godp. 33
Credulity, Modern and Medievalp. 34
Toleration, Modern and Medievalp. 35
Variability of Tolerationp. 36
The Conflict between Genius and Disciplinep. 37
Joan as Theocratp. 38
Unbroken Success essential in Theocracyp. 39
Modern Distortions of Joan's Historyp. 39
History always Out of Datep. 40
The Real Joan not Marvellous Enough for Usp. 40
The Stage Limits of Historical Representationp. 41
A Void in the Elizabethan Dramap. 42
Tragedy, not Meldoramap. 43
The Inevitable Flatteries of Tragedyp. 43
Some Well-meant Proposals for the Improvement of the Playp. 44
The Epiloguep. 45
To the Critics, lest they should feel Ignoredp. 45
Saint Joanp. 49
Principal Works of Bernard Shawp. 162
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ISBN: 9780140437911
ISBN-10: 0140437916
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 17th September 2001
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1