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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

GB Shaw on portraying women in plays


Another mistake as to my literary ancestry is made whenever I violate the romantic convention that all women are angels when they are not devils; that they are better looking than men; that their part in courtship is entirely passive; and that the human female form is the most beautiful object in nature...


...At all events, whenever an English playwright represents a young and marriageable woman as being anything but a romantic heroine, he is disposed of without further thought as an echo of Schopenhauer.

~ G. B. Shaw, preface to MAJOR BARBARA

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