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George Bernard Shaw

A polymath, George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) was a major playwright, critic and polemicist. Irish by birth, Shaw was long-term resident in England and part of radical, socialist and literary circles, including through friendships with various of the Millthorpe networks around Edward Carpenter, and particularly Kate Salt who was his secretary for a period. One of the founders of the Fabian Society, Shaw had also been involved with its precursor, the Fellowship of the New Life, in which Havelock Ellis and Edith Lees were involved, with Schreiner more on its borders. Schreiner went to lectures and talks given by Shaw and read his work with interest and generally also approbation. There is no sign that she knew him personally, although they certainly had friends in common. Her overall response to his work is perhaps conveyed in letter comments to Havelock Ellis in November 1914, that “Bernard Shaw can speak the truth sometimes”, and to Will Schreiner in December 1914, “I wonder if you saw Bernard Shaws splendid article in this week’s ^"New^ Statesman"?”.

For further information see:
Stanley Weintraub (2004) ‘Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/36047
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