Financial papers relating to productions of plays by George Bernard Shaw: receipts, notes and some correspondence concerning box office takings for Shaw productions and tours collected and collated by Shaw to assess royalties due.
George Bernard Shaw Financial Papers
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Born in Dublin, at the age of twenty George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) moved to London and began to write music and drama criticism, as well as novels. He was an active socialist and public orator, joining the Fabian Society in 1884 (where he met his wife Charlotte Payne-Townsend), and serving on its executive committe from 1885-1911. He wrote his first play, Widower's House, in 1891, going on to write many plays including Candida, Mrs Warren's Profession, Pygmalion, Saint Joan, and Back to Methuselah. Declining to go into politics, he helped found the London School of Economics and was closely associated with the intellectual revival of British theatre, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature and an Oscar in his lifetime.
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