G.B. SHAW: A Critical Survey by Louis-Ed. Kronenberger

G.B. SHAW: A Critical Survey

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A collection of literary essays provides a prismatic reflection of the writer, philosopher, prophet and reformer, mystic and artist, critic and clown, and have a brilliant introduction by the editor. For Shaw, who was not only the ""longest lived"" but in many ways the ""most many sided"" and the most challenging and disruptive, was not only outstandingly fertile in his output- and outbursts- but provoked an equally luxuriant critical commentary. And from Kronenberger who sees him as a great showman of ideas, who admires his ""free, volatile, unvindictive, dazzlingly gymnastic play of mind"" but regrets the limitations of his concerns, this leads on to the analytical opinions of Max Beerbohm, James Huneker, Chesterton, George Jean Nathan, Joseph Wood Krutch, Edmund Wilson, Jacques Barzun, John Mason Brown, Thomas Mann, Auden and Spender, and others who indicate individually and collectively not only the quintessence of the man but his infinite variety and lasting immortality. A book for the devotee and student, perhaps rather than the general reader, but the stimulus of the man has communicated itself to the admiring and dissenting critics here.

Publisher: World