SHAW (GEORGE BERNARD) Autograph manuscript of his essay 'The State of the Drama', signed at the end, the printer's copy, [1900]
Lot 141
SHAW (GEORGE BERNARD) Autograph manuscript of his essay 'The State of the Drama', signed at the end, the printer's copy, [1900]
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,100 - 4,700

Lot Details
SHAW (GEORGE BERNARD)
Autograph manuscript of his essay 'The State of the Drama', signed at the end ('G. Bernard Shaw'), the printer's copy with an instruction about typeface in upper left hand corner of the first page, with autograph revisions, deletions and insertions, endorsed by Shaw in ink 'Proof to G. Bernard Shaw 29 Fitzroy Square W', written in pencil, 12 pages, on lined paper, some markings from printers' fingers, 4to, [1900]

Footnotes

  • '...[William] Archer says that my plays are unthinkably ahead of the plays of the seventies. Is he quite sure that they do not rather indicate a swing back from brainless sensuousness and ritualism to the Dickensian regime of imagination, humor and social criticism... It was from Mozart that I learnt to astonish mere literary barbarians by my style in comedy, and from Beethoven that I learnt, like Wagner, how to develop my theses...'

    This essay was published in The Clarion on 8 September 1900. Shaw was the pre-eminent theatre critic of his day.
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