Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts
Shaw wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle—'an east-end dona with an apron and three orange and red ostrich feathers'—for Mrs Patrick Campbell, with whom he had a passionate but unconsummated affair. From the outset the play was a sensational success, although Shaw, irritated by its popularity at the... show more
Shaw wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle—'an east-end dona with an apron and three orange and red ostrich feathers'—for Mrs Patrick Campbell, with whom he had a passionate but unconsummated affair. From the outset the play was a sensational success, although Shaw, irritated by its popularity at the expense of his artistic intentions, dismissed it as a potboiler. The Pygmalion of legend falls in love with his perfect female statue and persuades Venus to bring her to life so that he can marry her. But Shaw radically reworks Ovid's tale to give it a feminist slant: while Higgins teaches Eliza to speak and act like a duchess, she also asserts her independence, adamantly refusing to be his creation. A brilliantly witty exposure of the British class system, it is, as Nicholas Grene comments in his Introduction, 'the wonderful inventiveness of its comedy, the force of what it still has to say to us, and the light playfulness of tone with which it is said', that ensures that Pygmalion continues to entertain us.
Publish date: February 4th 2003
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 122
Edition language: English
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Brilliant, charming, witty, not at all what you'd think from a romantic comedy. Don't know what I mean? Wait until the end...poetic!Devlin
Pygmalion was satirical and a quick read could not put it down once I started. I must say I despise Mr. Henry Higgins‘s character, he was the most unkind, unemotional, disgusting man who thinks women as his puppet! Eliza served him right choosing Freddy as her life partner and being indifferent t...
What did I think? I think that Eliza wanted what all women want. Respect. I think that [a:George Bernard Shaw|5217|George Bernard Shaw|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1271683549p2/5217.jpg] did an excellent job of portraying that, and the more I think about it, the more I liked the ending. It was...
This is the last book I will finish in 2012 as there are only 6 hours remaining in my day. It is certainly a fitting book (or rather play inside a book) to end the year on. For Pygmalion is a story about new beginnings and about transformation. What better book to symbolise the changing of the year,...
"Eliza has no use for the foolish romantic tradition that all women love to be mastered, if not actually bullied and beaten,"¹ says G.B.Shaw in the afterword to his famous play.¹By the way, I think this quote should be memorized and repeated on the daily basis by the contemporary authors, especially...