Pygmalion and Three Other Plays

Author: Bernard Shaw
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781593080785
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Pygmalion follows the adventures of phonetics professor Henry Higgins as he attempts to transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a refined lady. The scene in which Eliza appears in high society with the correct accent but no notion of polite conversation is considered one of the funniest in English drama. Like most of Shaw's work, Pygmalion wins over audiences with wit, a taut morality, and an innate understanding of human relationships. This volume also includes Major Barbara, which attacks both capitalism and charitable organizations, The Doctor's Dilemma, a keen-eyed examination of medical morals and malpractice, and Heartbreak House, which exposes the spiritual bankruptcy of the generation responsible for the bloodshed of World War I.

Now We Can Talk Openly About Men

Author: Martina Evans
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
ISBN: 1784105791
Format: PDF, ePub
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Martina Evans’s Now We Can Talk Openly about Men is a pair of dramatic monologues, snapshots of the lives of two women in 1920s Ireland. The first, Kitty Donovan, is a dressmaker in the time of the Irish War of Independence. The second, Babe Cronin, is set in 1924, shortly after the Irish Civil War. Kitty is a dressmaker with a taste for laudanum. Babe is a stenographer who has fallen in love with a young revolutionary. Through their separate, overlapping stories, Evans colours an era and a culture seldom voiced in verse. Set back some years from their stories, both women find a strand of humour in what took place, even as they recall the passion, vertigo and terror of those times. A dream-like compulsion in their voices adds a sense of retrospective inevitability. The use of intense, almost psychedelic colour in the first half of the book opposes the flattened, monochrome language of the second half. This is a work of vivid contrasts, of age and youth, women and men, the Irish and the English: complementary stories of balance, imbalance, and transition.

Riding the Earthboy 40

Author: James Welch
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101175176
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Now with an introduction from celebrated poet James Tate, Riding the Earthboy 40 is the only volume of poetry written by acclaimed Native American novelist James Welch. The title of the book refers to the forty acres of Montana land Welch?s father once leased from a Blackfeet family called Earthboy. This land and its surroundings shaped the writer?s worldview as a youth, its rawness resonates in the vitality of his elegant poetry, and his verse shows a great awareness of a moment in time, of a place in nature, and of the human being in context. Deeply evoking the specific Native American experience in Montana, Welch?s poems nonetheless speak profoundly to all readers. With its new introduction, this vital work that has influenced so many American writers is certain to capture a new generation of readers.

The Waste Land Prufrock and Other Poems

Author: T. S. Eliot
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486113213
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Representing the essential T. S. Eliot, these 25 works include the title poem plus the complete Prufrock ("The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Portrait of a Lady," others) and the complete Poems.

The Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141942606
Format: PDF
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Sherlock Holmes, the great genius of detection, with his assistant Dr Watson, once more attempts to solve the unsolvable. From the extraordinary case of The Resident Patient to the sinister tale of The Crooked Man, Holmes unravels the most challenging of mysteries. Using his astounding methods of deduction, he outwits the most cunning of thieves and most villainous of murderers. Eight intriguing and mysterious adventures from the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh where he qualified as a doctor, but it was his writing which brought him fame, with the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the first scientific detective. He was also a convert to spiritualism and a social reformer who used his investigative skills to prove the innocence of individuals.

The Shakespeare Conspiracy

Author: Sandra Hochman
Publisher: Sandra Hochman Collection
ISBN: 9781683365402
Format: PDF, Docs
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"For fifteen years Anne Hathaway kept a diary. It was no ordinary diary, as Anne, an excellent writer of poems and songs in her own right, was also the wife of the world's most famous poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. In its pages she reveals the man she knew and loved and their shared life full of triumph and tragedy. Pulitzer-prize nominated poet Sandra Hochman's imagining of Mrs. Shakespeare is both a thoughtful take on one of the greatest mysteries in Western literature and the story of two people who would change the English language forever" -- Amazon.com.

Pygmalion and My Fair Lady

Author: George Bernard Shaw
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 9780451517609
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe's "My Fair Lady," this special edition contains Shaw's original play and the script and lyrics for the Tony(- and Academy Award(-winning musical. Revised reissue.

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Author: George Shaw
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781974124770
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Shaw wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle - an east-end dona with an apron and three orange and red ostrich feathers - for Mrs Patrick Campbell, with whom he had a passionate but unconsummated affair. From the outset the play was a sensational success, although Shaw, irritated by its popularity at the expense of his artistic intentions, dismissed it as a potboiler. The Pygmalion of legend falls in love with his perfect female statue and persuades Venus to bring her to life so that he can marry her. But Shaw radically reworks Ovid's tale to give it a feminist slant: while Higgins teaches Eliza to speak and act like a duchess, she also asserts her independence, adamantly refusing to be his creation.