George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara

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Chronology
1856 Born on July 26, in Dublin, Ireland.
1876 Moves to London in hopes of professional advancement and becomes a small-time journalist.
1879 Hired by the Edison Telephone Company and completes his first novel, Immaturity.
1880 Writes a second novel, The Irrational Knot. Joins the Dialectical Society.
1881 Becomes a vegetarian in an attempt to cure migraine headaches and takes lessons in boxing. Writes Love among the Artists.
1882 Converts to socialism and completes his best novel, Cashel Byron's Profession.
1884 Falls among the Fabians. An Unsocial Socialist is serialized.
1885 Father dies.
1886-88 Works as an art critic and music critic for various journals.
1889 Publishes Fabian Essays.
1890 Begins work as a music critic for The World. Lectures to the Fabian Society on Ibsen.
1891 Publishes The Quintessence of Ibsenism.
1892-93 Widowers' Houses, The Philanderer, Mrs Warren's Profession.
1894 Arms and the Man, Candida.
1895 Starts as drama critic for the Saturday Review. The Man of Destiny, You Never Can Tell.
1896 The Devil's Disciple.
1898 Marries Charlotte Payne-Townshend. Caesar and Cleopatra, The Perfect Wagnerite.
1899 Captain Brassbound's Conversion.
1903 Man and Superman.
1904 John Bull's Other Island.

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Table of contents

  • Modern Critical Interpretations *
  • George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara *
  • Contents *
  • Editor's Note vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Sainthood for Millionaires 13
  • Shaw's Comedy and Major Barbara 33
  • Skeptical Faith 49
  • The Marriage of Contraries 75
  • Shaw's Moral Vision 103
  • Shaw's Own Problem Play 133
  • Shaw's Comedy of Disillusionment 153
  • Chronology 165
  • Contributors 167
  • Bibliography 169
  • Acknowledgments 175
  • Index 177
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