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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (August 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440095825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440095825
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,883,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings deal sternly with prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy to make their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege. He was most angered by what he perceived as the exploitation of the working class, and most of his writings censure that abuse. An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles... He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaption of his play of the same name), respectively. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The characters are well developed and there are just enough twists and turns in the plot to keep it interesting.
Dennis L. Brown
The theme was a total surprise and I really enjoyed the book as the 19th century has been the focal point of most of my reading.
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I wrote my thesis in college on Shaw and read just about everything he wrote, and I must say this book has remained a favorite.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Gotcu on April 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
As the previous reviewer has noted this book is hard to put down. I was most impressed with the author's ability to successfully create a colorful (as in inflection-filled) and thus dynamic commentary. As to the somewhat transparent but, as highlited in the title, central topic, socialism, I feel this book has equally shown the positive and the negative consequences of its application all the while keeping true to its satire.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Shaw's last, and in my opinion, best satire, An Unsocial Socialist is a wonderful book that is sadly not well known. The plot is pulls you in and the book spawned an equally great play, "Smash". I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis L. Brown on April 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed George Bernard Shaw's writing and I found this book was enlightening about socialism; both good and bad points. The characters are well developed and there are just enough twists and turns in the plot to keep it interesting. The descriptions of exporting jobs and importing goods in late nineteenth century England, and how it affects the rich and the poor, hits home for the USA today!
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By Luis on September 14, 2013
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This was a very entertaining book. At first a story of a bunch of girls in school and tales of truancy and fighting against the system using the system and then the introduction of a love interest, then it evolves into a story about social standing and expectation with the love interest and then it dwells on socialism and social standing for the rest of the books.
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