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George Bernard Shaw collection

Call Number: MS P286


Collection of correspondence and other items written by the Irish playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw to other individuals.


  • 1903 - 1946


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw, known as Bernard Shaw, was born July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. Growing up in genteel poverty, he followed his mother to London when he was in his early 20s in order to become a writer. During this period he spent a great deal of time at the British Museum and otherwise furthering his education on his own.

In the 1880s Shaw became involved with the Fabian Society, co-editing Fabian Essays in Socialism (1889) and took to journalism after a failed career in writing fiction. In the 1890s Frank Harris recruited Shaw to serve as theatre critic for the Saturday Review, and in that same decade Shaw began to see success as a playwright.

Shaw's most famous work, Pygmalion, was first performed in 1913; Shaw wrote the film adaptation and won an Academy Award for it in 1938. Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 for Saint Joan, first performed in 1923, but refused the award.

Shaw married Charlotte Payne-Townshend in 1898. She died in 1943, and Bernard Shaw died in 1950 in a Hertfordshire, England village.


3 folders

Physical Location

MS P286

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, P.S. O'Hegarty, 1959.

Guide to the George Bernard Shaw Collection
George Bernard Shaw collection
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1975; revised by ksc, 2005. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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