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London phonetics professor Henry Higgins sees no reason why he can’t single-handedly transform a poor flower girl with a cockney accent into a cultured, high-society woman. When challenged to prove so, he takes the bet. However, his strong-headed subject, Eliza Doolittle, won’t make the job easy, avowing her independence. And she may just have a thing or two to teach him in return.
With his signature wit, George Bernard Shaw brought the Greek myth of Pygmalion, the sculptor who created the perfect female statue and fell in love with her, into the twentieth century. Eliza’s transformational tale not only stands as a searing critique of the British class system and notions of femininity but is also a bold comedy of manners that provides abiding entertainment.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Pygmalion, this edition of Pygmalion (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
In Shaw's clever adaptation, Professor Henry Higgins, a linguistic expert, takes on a bet that he can transform an awkward cockney flower seller into a refined young lady simply by polishing her manners and changing the way she speaks. In the process of convincing society that his creation is a mysterious royal figure, the Professor also falls in love with his elegant handiwork.
The irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, together with Shaw's brilliant dialogue and splendid skills as a playwright, have made Pygmalion one of the most popular comedies in the English language. A staple of college drama courses, it is still widely performed.
George Bernard Shaw is one of the most famous and celebrated Irish playwrights and this new collection brings together the very best of his witty and entertaining comedies in one volume; Pygmalion, Major Barbara and Androcles and the Lion.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition has a preface by Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench.
Pygmalion was first performed in 1914 and was an instant hit which then inspired the hit musical and award winning film, My Fair Lady. It tells the story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, who tries to elevate a feisty flower girl out of her working-class roots and into high society. In Major Barbara, idealistic Barbara is a major in the Salvation Army, at odds with her millionaire father as they war over the best route to salvation. Androcles and the Lion is a clever retelling of the Bible story about a gentle Christian who pulls a thorn from a lion’s paw. All three plays are not only wonderfully amusing, they also showcase Shaw's intense concerns about poverty, class and inequality.