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This is an auction for BERNARD SHAW 1856-1898: THE SEARCH FOR LOVE by Michael Holroyd.

"Hyperactive art and music critic, Fabian socialist, bicyclist, subversive open-air lecturer, vegetarian, expert on boxing, failed novelist: Shaw led a multifaceted existence during his first 22 years in London. Holroyd, biographer of Lytton Strachey and Augustus John, produces here a literary biography of the highest order - generous, poised, utterly fascinating, Shavian in its unmasking of Shaw's deceits, attuned to G.B.S.'s complexity. Shaw was raised in Dublin in a bizarre menage a trois - his father a drunk, his mother captivated by musical impresario George Lee. From these early relationships would flow the playwright's portrayals of women as huntresses, his obsession with the themes of illegitimacy and hypocrisy. Holroyd discusses the early plays perceptively and admirably unravels Shaw's many romantic affairs, to culminate when this woman-tamer was himself tamed by wealthy Charlotte Payne-Townsend, whom he married at age 41. This is a Shaw for our time."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"This first volume of Holroyd's three-volume life of Shaw covers the dramatist's early years in Ireland and, starting in 1876, his career in England as a political activist, critic, and playwright. It ends with a fascinating courtship and Shaw's marriage, at age 41. Holroyd draws on virtually every available source in writing his book. The result is a richly detailed, comprehensive study of one of the major figures in modern letters. Though learned, the book is also eminently readable, graced by lean and witty prose. Essential for both academic and general libraries."
- Library Journal (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 1988.

486 pages + 24 illustrations.

Good condition.

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