About the Author
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin, Ireland.
He attended four different schools, but his real education came
from a thorough grounding in music and painting, which he obtained
at home. In 1871, he was apprenticed to a Dublin estate agent, and
later he worked as a cashier. In 1876, Shaw joined his mother and
sister in London, where he spent the next nine years in genteel
poverty. From 1885 to 1898, he wrote for newspapers and magazines
as a critic of art, literature, music, and drama. But his main
interest at that time was political propaganda, and in 1884 he
joined the Fabian Society. From 1893 to 1939, the most active
period of his career, Shaw wrote forty-seven plays. By 1915, his
international fame was firmly established and productions of
Candida, Man and Superman, Arms and the Man,
and The Devil's Disciple were being played in many countries
around the world, from Britain to Japan. He went on to write such
dramas as Heartbreak House, Back to Methuselah,
Androcles and the Lion, and St. Joan, and in 1925,
the playwright was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. During
his lifetime, he was besieged by offers to film his plays, but he
accepted only a few, the most notable being Pygmalion. After
his death, it was further adapted as the basis for the musical
My Fair Lady.
Eric Bentley is an eminent playwright, translator, and
dramatic critic whose numerous books include The Playwright as
Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times, Bernard Shaw
1856-1950, In Search of Theater, and the widely
acclaimed The Life of Drama.
Norman Lloyd is perhaps most well-known for his role as the
wise and avuncular Dr. Auschlander on the popular television drama
St. Elsewhere, but he has appeared in many other television
series as well as feature films such as Hitchcock's
Saboteur, The Age of Innocence, and Dead Poet's
Society. He began his career as an apprentice at Eva
LeGallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre and later joined with Orson
Welles and John Houseman in the formation of the Mercury Theatre.
An acclaimed director and producer, he has been a frequent guest
lecturer at colleges and universities and has served on the
teaching staff of the American Film Institute. He is the author of
Stages: Of Life in Theatre, Film, and Television.