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George Bernard Shaw was a drama critic who called for reform of theatrical practice, and a dramatist who attached to his plays on publication, lengthy prefaces expounding the social and dramatic issues opened by the play itself. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography calls him a polemicist, and says that "much of the drama of his time and after was indirectly in his debt" for his "creation of a drama of moral passion and of intellectual conflict and debate." Bibliographic Citation link.
26 July 1856 GBS, Irish dramatist and critic, was born in Dublin. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 April 1914 GBS's best-known play, Pygmalion, opened at His Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London, with Mrs Patrick Campbell as Eliza Doolittle (a part written for her) to Sir Herbert Tree's Henry Higgins. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
2 November 1950 GBS, Irish dramatist and critic, died at Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire, at the age of ninety-four. Bibliographic Citation link.
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