Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells are among the best-known and most controversial literary figures of the twentieth century. Both were rebelliously critical of the social and political, familial and sexual conventions and structures of their time. They shared broadly similar interests, but their lifestyles differed sharply - as did their views on many subjects, including those discussed in their correspondence: religion, socialism, science, war and world history, the theatre, the profession of authorship, and more. The letters are always forthright, often abusive and quarrelsome, sometimes suggesting that the relationship cannot last. They are also often warm, good-natured, playful, and generous - reflecting a fundamental mutual respect and similarity of outlook, however contrasting the temperament and style. The great majority of the two writers' correspondence is published here for the first time.
This volumes comprises the personal correspondence of Shaw and Wells through the course of their friendship of more than forty years, and includes and introductory essay by J. Percy Smith. The letters are fully annotated, and are accompanied by information about the circumstances under which each was written, to enable the reader to follow the course of the frequently tempestuous relationship.
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J. Percy Smith is Professor Emeritus of Drama, University of Guelph.Review:
Movie-makers in England bungled film versions of Bernard Shaw's "How He Lied to Her Husband" and "Arms and the Man", produces and directors in Germany botched those based on "Pygmalion", and a Hollywood screenplay desecrated "The Devil's Disciple". Shaw took a chance on Gabriel Pascal and gave him permission to produce a movie version of "Pygmalion" in England. It proved to be one of Shaw's best decisions. Bernard Shaw And Gabriel Pascal is the first collection of the 268 letters between these two men. This correspondence provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of the film industry's day-to-day workings and of the art of movie-making, from the signing of the first contract between Shaw and Pascal (December 13, 1935) to Shaw's death in 1950. The letters reveal the great extent to which Pascal scrupulously kept Shaw informed of what he did, who he negotiated with, the merits of association with certain individuals or businesses, contract problems, the backbiting and backstabbing of the film industry, difficulties with casting, and progress throughout the filming. Most important, however, the letters, postal cards, and telegrams reveal how Pascal fought for the integrity of Shavian cinema; how, as a director, he tried to create films that were true to their dramatic sources; and how, in partnership with Pascal, Shaw's cinematic writings flourished. Bernard Shaw And Gabriel Pascal is an amazing body of scholarship and research, and an invaluable addition to both cinematic history and Shavian studies. -- Midwest Book Review
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