Title: Three Plays
Author: Bernard Shaw
Publisher: The Franklin Library, 1979, A Limited Edition for subscribers, in the 100 Greatest Books of All Time series
Condition: Hardover. Very minor wear, excellent for its age, except it has a faded spine because of sun exposure. Has previous owner’s bookplate attached, which can be pasted over on request. Beautiful book! 6-3/8″ Wide x 9-3/8″ Long x 1-1/8″ Thick. More below.
This book features:
- Full bright-red top-grade leather binding
- Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
- Silk moire endsheets
- Satin bookmark, sewn-in
- Hubbed spine with 3 raised bands
- Smyth-sewn binding for durability
- Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow
About the contents:
About the author (from wikipedia):
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings deal sternly with prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy to make their stark themes more palatable. Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.
He was most angered by what he perceived as the exploitation of the working class, and most of his writings censure that abuse. An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaption of his play of the same name), respectively. Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright because he had no desire for public honours, but accepted it at his wife’s behest: she considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.