SHAW, George Bernard. Prefaces: Sociological, Political, Religious, Autobiographical etc. London: Constable and Company, 1934. Royal octavo. First edition. pp. viii, 802. Bound by Leighton-Straker in black, green and brown morocco with gilt decorations and ‘S’ in gilt on both covers, flat spine titled and dated in gilt, doublures ruled in gilt, brown sprinkled endpapers; red and green endbands. Top edge gilt, remainder blue. Light bumping to corners. A fine copy.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.