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George Bernard Shaw Collection

1933 - 1974


22 items


IE BL/L/GBS is original correspondence by George Bernard Shaw held in the Boole Library, UCC. The collection was acquired at Mealy’s Auctioneers, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny in 2005.

George Bernard Shaw was born in 1856 at 33 Synge Street, Dublin. He was a novelist and playright. Shaw received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 after the success of his play Saint Joan, and the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Pygmalion in 1938, later made into the musical My Fair Lady (1956). He left a third of his royalties to the National Gallery of Ireland. He died at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England, on November 2, 1950.


The correspondence (mss and tss) relate to a proposal by “The Daily Herald” to publish a special edition of George Bernard Shaw’s plays,George Bernard Shaw’s Collected Plays, Oldham Press, London, 1934, regarding the terms of the contract and printing, etc. There is additional information on the subject from a memoir from H. Douglas Thompson (Editor), “The Daily Herald”.


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Language: English

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1.   Sept 1 1933 – Nov 1934; 1974

Correspondence file between publisher H. Douglas Thomson and Shaw relating to “The Daily Herald’s” edition of his Collected Plays (Oldham Press, London, 1934). Shaw was ultimately very happy with the publication but initially expressed some reservations “Your most unfortunate remark about my regarding financial attractions as of secondary importance fills me with the deepest distrust of your designs. It is entirely unfounded. Make me a business proposal; and if it promises to be a lucrative one I will jump at it.” (BL/L/GBS/2). Includes correspondence regarding Shaw’s image to be used for the volume and a B& W photograph of Shaw. Also memoir by Thomson (1974) recalling the events surrounding the publication.  22 items

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Author: Emer Twomey, Archivist, UCC Library, University College Cork

Last updated: 08 March 2016

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