Mrs. G.B.S: A Portrait

Mrs. G.B.S: A Portrait

Mrs. G.B.S: A Portrait

Mrs. G.B.S: A Portrait

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After his wife's death in 1943, George Bernard Shaw found a collection of her private papers which he did not know existed. He read a number of them, and later said to his half-cousin, Georgina Musters:

"I lived with Charlotte for forty years, and I see now that there was a great deal about her that I didn't know. It has been a shock."

To an old friend, Eleanor O'Connell, he said in 1944:

"It takes a long time for two people to get to know each other, and from a diary I discovered lately, and some letters which she wrote to T. E. Lawrence, I realize that there were many parts of her character that even I did not know, for she poured out her soul to Lawrence."

Charlotte Payne-Townshend married George Bernard Shaw on June 1, 1898, at the West Strand Register Office, in London. They had known each other for two years, and their courtship had been full of uncertainties from the beginning. Each had had very strong objections to the institution of marriage as such, and had intended to remain single. Charlotte had refused many suitors, and Shaw . . .

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