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Three Plays for Puritans (Bernard Shaw Library)

 
 
 
 
Three Plays for Puritans (Bernard Shaw Library)
Author: George Bernard Shaw
ISBN 13: 9780140437928
ISBN 10: 140437924
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $14.00
 
 

'I am as fond of fine music and handsome buildings as Milton was, or Cromwell, or Bunyan; but if I found that they were becoming the instruments of a systematic idolatry of sensuousness, I would hold it good statesmanship to blow every cathedral in the world to pieces with dynamite'

Disgusted and bored by the trend for titillation and sham on the London stage, Shaw wrote these plays both to educate and entertain his audiences. In The Devil's Disciple, a clergyman turned soldier and the Shavian ideal of a Puritan hero -- 'like all genuinely religious men, a reprobate and an outcast' -- willingly risks his life for a stranger. Caesar and Cleopatra, a brilliant satire on contemporary Britain, contains an utterly unexpected portrait of Julius Caesar ('part brute, part woman, and part god'). In Captain Brassbound's Conversion, it is Lady Cicely's cunning manipulation of the truth that ensures that fairness, rather than justice, prevails.

Three Plays for Puritans reveals Shaw's constant delight in turning received wisdom upside down and celebrates the triumph of the individual conscience over accepted morality.