George Bernard Shaw Bio

9 Mar

George Bernard Shaw was born on 26th of July, in 1856. He was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. He attended the Wesley College in Dublin , then grammar school operated by the Methodist Church in Ireland and in the end transferred to Dublin’s Central Model School after moving to a private school near Dalkey. The start of his career was when he was sponsored by William Archer and became a critic of the arts, by joining the reviewing staff of the Pall Mall Gazette and was writing under a pseudonym “Corno di Bassetto” which meant “basset horn”, because it sounded European and no one knew what it meant.  Between 1879 and 1883, Shaw wrote 5 unsuccesful novels that were published eventually called Cashel Byron’s Profession, An Unsocial Socialist, Love Among the Artists, The Irrational Knot and Immaturity. In 1898 he married Charlotte Payne-Townshend who he outlived. That year he also bought his first camera and was an active amateur photographer. Shaw was active in local politics and served in London County Council. In his works he examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care and class privilege. Shaw was the only person who was awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and Oscar (1938) for his contributions to literature and his work on the film Pygmalion. He wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize but in the end he accepted it and donated the money for Swedish to English translation purposes. He died at the age of 94, on the 2nd of November in 1950.


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