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DetailsWhen Ellie Dunn joins a house-party at the home of the eccentric Captain Shotover, she causes a stir with her decision to marry for money rather than love, and the Captains forthright daughter Hesione protests vigorously against the pragmatic young womans choice. Opinion on the matter quickly divides and a lively argument about money and morality, idealism and realism ensues as Hesiones rakish husband, snobbish sister and Ellies fiancé a wealthy industrialist enter the debate. Written between 1916 and 1917 as war raged across Europe, Heartbreak House is a telling indictment of the generation responsible for the First World War. With its bold combination of high farce and bitter tragedy, Shaws play remains an uncannily prophetic depiction of a society on the threshold of an abrupt awakening. ABOUT THE AUTHOR George Bernard Shaw (18561950) is one of the worlds greatest literary figures. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he left school at fourteen and in 1876 went to London, where he began his literary career with a series of unsuccessful novels. In 1884 he became a founder of the Fabian Society, the famous British socialist organization. After becoming a reviewer and drama critic, he published a study of the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen in 1891 and became determined to create plays as he felt Ibsen did: to shake audiences out of their moral complacency and to attack social problems. However, Shaw was an irrepressible wit, and his plays are as entertaining as they are socially provocative. Basically shy, Shaw created a public persona for himself: G.B.S., a bearded eccentric, crusading social critic, antivivisectionist, language reformer, strict vegetarian, and renowned public speaker. The author of fifty-three plays, hundreds of essays, reviews, and letters, and several books, Shaw is best known for Widowers Houses, Mrs. Warrens Profession, Arms and the Man, Caesar and Cleopatra, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, Pygmalion, Heartbreak House, and Saint Joan. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.
SKU Code IBD B 284 Weight in Kg 0.1360 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9780140437874 Author Name George Bernard Shaw Publisher Name PENGUIN UK