No critic would wish to measure Shaw's mind against Shakespeare's, particularly since originality was hardly Shaw's strength. Though an intellectual dramatist, Shaw essentially popularized the concepts and images of others.
George Bernard Shaw (Bloom's Modern Critical Views)
He continues to hold the stage and might appear to have earned his reputation of being the principal writer of English comic drama since Shakespeare. Yet his limitations are disconcerting, and the experience of rereading even his most famous plays, after many years away from them, is disappointingly mixed. They are much more than period pieces, but they hardly seem to be for all time. Eric Bentley best demonstrated that Shaw viewed himself as a prose prophet in direct succession to Carlyle, Ruskin, and Morris.
Only the prefaces to the plays are still read, and of course they are not really prefaces to the plays.
They expound Shaw's very odd personal religion, the rather cold worship of Creative Evolution. The story was retold for decades. Famous men were substituted into the role of the individual making the proposition. Occasionally, the individual who received the proposition was also described as famous, but typically she remained unidentified. McIntyre printed a version of the anecdote that he says was sent to him as a newspaper clipping. What do you think I am? Now we are trying to determine the degree. Come and bring a friend—if you have one.
Will attend the second—if there is one. The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech. Widely attributed to Shaw, this quotation is actually of unknown origin. The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. But this quote seems more likely to come from William H. Quote Investigator Retrieved on Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time. Hoitt, p.
I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and besides the pig likes it. Initially attributed to Cyrus S. Ching in Time , Vol. Wikipedia has an article about: George Bernard Shaw. Wikisource has original works written by or about: George Bernard Shaw.
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