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Pygmalion

Pygmalion
Your Price: $15.50 CDN
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 122
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0141439505
ISBN-13: 9780141439501

About the Play:

Pygmalion
was one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

Pygmalion is a full-length comedy by George Bernard Shaw. In George Bernard Shaw's play, based on a classical myth, a blustering phonetics professor bets that he can turn a Cockney flower girl into a passable society lady in three months.

Pygmalion is a brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue. It is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In this seminal comedy of class distinctions, a fussy British phonetics professor, Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who wagers that he can transform the "gutter-snipe" cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle into a lady of breeding, voice and manners at ease in London's Ascot society The one thing he overlooks is that his creation has a mind of her own.

This is the definitive text under the editorial supervision of Dan H. Laurence, with an illuminating introduction by Nicholas Grene, discussing the language and politics of the play. Included in this volume is Shaw’s preface, as well as his ‘sequel’ written for the first publication in 1916, to rebut public demand for a more conventionally romantic ending.

Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. One of Shaw's finest plays, Pygmalion won acclaim in Gabriel Pascal's 1938 motion picture adaptation and achieved further notice in 1956, adapted into the musical My Fair Lady also later a successful film.

Cast: 6 women, 6 men

What people say:

"A work of art ... Preserves the fresh music of country speech." — The New York Times

About the Playwright:

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although born in Ireland, he spent most of his adult life in England, and wrote more than 60 plays for the English stage. He won the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, the highest honour available to any writer in the world, and an Academy Award for the screenplay of Pygmalion in l938.