“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself": First Edition of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman; Lengthily Inscribed by Him

  • Man and Superman.

Man and Superman.


Item Number: 28096

Westminster: Archibald and Constable & Co., Ltd, 1903.

First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page with a humorous inscription, “Never ask an author to autograph a copy of one of his books without first making sure that all the leaves have been cut open. See pp. xxvii, 200, 217, 221 and 237. I assure you they are quite worth reading. G. Bernard Shaw.” In very good condition with some of the usual toning to the spine. Uncommon signed and inscribed. 

George Bernard Shaw began writing Man and Superman in 1901 and determined to write a play that would encapsulate the new century's intellectual inheritance. Shaw drew not only on Byron's verse satire, but also on Shakespeare, the Victorian comedy fashionable in his early life, and from authors from Conan Doyle to Kipling. In this powerful drama of ideas, Shaw explores the role of the artist, the function of women in society, and his theory of Creative Evolution. As Stanley Weintraub says in his new introduction, this is "the first great twentieth-century English play" and remains a classic exposé of the eternal struggle between the sexes. Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1st, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's 50th anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall,

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