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Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950



  • Existence: 1856 July 26 - 1950 November 02

Biographical Note

Bernard Shaw was born George Bernard Shaw in 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. He left Dublin for London in 1876 and did not return for 30 years. He began his writing career in the late 1870s with the publication of several articles in journals and political newspapers, along with a series of novels. Shaw's primary reputation was as a journalist, critic, and political ideologue. He moved into playwriting in 1892. Shaw wrote prolifically around the turn of the century, producing some of his best known plays during this time. In 1913 he wrote Pygmalion, which was later adapted into the musical My Fair Lady in 1956. Shaw's dramatic production slowed during the First World War, then he reemerged to write three of his great plays: Heartbreak House (1920), Saint Joan (1923), and The Apple Cart (1929). Saint Joan helped him win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925, and for the rest of his life he was awarded many honors and titles, few of which he accepted. When he died in 1950, he left behind a prolific bibliography that included more than fifty plays.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Samuel N. Freedman collection of Bernard Shaw


Collection of materials accumulated by Samuel Freedman relating to Irish playwright Bernard Shaw. The collection includes correspondence; ephemera; manuscripts and publications; photographs; and play programs, primarly regarding Shaw and but also including some of his contemporaries.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. One audio cassette has been digitally copied; all original media was retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: 1883 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1890 - 1988

The Preface to St. Joan, and St. Joan, by George Bernard Shaw, translated into Telugu

 Collection — Multiple Containers

Two bound typescripts in Telugu, translations of the Preface to Saint Joan and Saint Joan.

Restrictions on access

Open for research.

Dates: 1924 - 1986

Bernard Shaw letters to Bernard Partridge


Eleven letters written by Irish playwright Bernard Shaw to Bernard Partridge, an actor who worked under the stage name of Bernard Gould. Most of the letters are regarding Partridge's performance in Shaw's play Arms and the Man.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research; digital version also available.

Dates: 1893-1928; Majority of material found in 1894 - 1894

Bernard Shaw questionnaire

 Collection — Box 1, Folder: 1
Dates: 1950 March 27

Charlotte Frances Shaw letters


Contains letters and postcards from Charlotte Frances Shaw to her friends Gilbert and Mary Murray regarding her domestic arrangements, travel plans, and health concerns. Additionally, there are two telegrams from Bernard Shaw to Gilbert Murray and one from Bernard Shaw and Granville Barker to Murray. There is also a letter from Blanche Patch, Shaw's secretary, to an unknown correspondent.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1898 - 1950; Majority of material found within 1898 - 1912