Bernard Shaw and William Archer
Bernard Shaw and William Archer is the final volume in the series on the Selected Correspondence of Bernard Shaw. Throughout their four decades of friendship the two men campaigned for the ‘New Drama’ and the ‘New Theatre." In the early years of their activities, Archer led the campaigns with his theatre reviews and his books on contemporary British theatre. He also translated, published, and helped stage the London premieres of Henrik Ibsen’s plays. During the 1890s both Archer and Shaw used their theatre reviews to support their campaigns, and Shaw began to step forward as a playwright. As Shaw established himself as a leading modern playwright, Archer wrote dozens of reviews and articles, often arguing with Shaw over his philosophical ideas that increasingly became a defining feature of his discussion plays such as Man and Superman and Major Barbara. The two colleagues loved to debate with one another in public, and these feisty arguments regularly carried over to the letters, which bear witness to the vital partnership between a theatre critic and a playwright.
- Series: Selected Correspondence of Bernard Shaw
- World Rights
- Page Count: 552 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.7in x 9.3in
Choice Magazine vol 55:07:2018
"The Selected Correspondence of Bernard Shaw series is a gem in the academic publishing world. It has furthered the important publication of Shaw’s letters and offers sustained insights into the relationships that Shaw had with many of his time’s leading figures. The letters provide incredible glimpses into the minds and lives of these people and reveal their very personal and often penetrating opinions of many issues that shaped the cultural, social, and political world of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The result is that they are both records of personality that amount to dual biographies and histories of an era and a culture."
Brad Kent, Département de littérature, théâtre et cinema, Université Laval
Thomas Postlewait is an affiliated professor in the School of Drama at the University of Washington as well as a professor emeritus in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University.
Table of contents
General Editor’s Note
Abbreviations and Works Cited
Table of Correspondents
Subjects and Courses