Bernard Shaw and Gilbert Murray
Published: June 2014© 2014
344 Pages, 6.40 x 9.25 x 1.08 in
Unlikely friends and collaborators, Bernard Shaw and Gilbert Murray carried on a lively and wide-ranging correspondence for more than fifty years. When they began exchanging letters in the late 1890s, Shaw was a renowned Fabian propagandist, reviewer, and author of anti-conventional plays. Murray was a classicist and translator of ancient Greek drama who would eventually become Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford. Beginning with their shared distaste for the popular “well-made plays” of the era, their correspondence quickly expanded into collaboration – Murray helped revise Shaw’s Major Barbara, in which he appears as a character – and discussion of a vast range of issues ranging from alphabet reform and psychic phenomena to the League of Nations and international politics.
This collection of 171 letters, most never before published, finally makes the fascinating Shaw/Murray correspondence available. With explanatory headnotes and footnotes by Charles A. Carpenter, Bernard Shaw and Gilbert Murray offers insight into an unusual literary and political friendship.
General Editor’s Note
Table of Correspondents
‘Carpenter has done a superlative job compiling, contextualizing, and introducing the Shaw-Murray correspondence.’H.I. Einsohn, Choice Magazine, vol 52:02:2015
“An excellent addition to the Selected Correspondence series. The letters in Bernard Shaw and Gilbert Murray are lively, warm, and full of wit and humour on both sides.” Nicholas Grene, Professor of English Literature, Trinity College Dublin
“Scrupulous attention to accuracy and an exhaustive knowledge of the Shaw/Murray relationship make this collection the definitive study of the topic. A mammoth task with stellar results.” Michel W. Pharand, general editor, SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies