Bernard Shaw (he disliked his first name George) was not a good scholar but developed a wide knowledge of music, art, and literature from his mother’s influence and his visits to the National Gallery of Ireland.
In 1876 Shaw resolved to become a writer and he joined his mother and elder sister, by then living in London. Like most creatives in their 20s, Shaw suffered continuous frustration and poverty. He depended upon his mother’s pound a week from her husband and her earnings as a music teacher.
I love a good rags-to-riches story
Shaw’s early days were spent in the British Museum reading room, writing novels and reading what he had missed at school… eventually he became an internationally known and celebrated playwright, producing more than sixty plays. His work is still performed today, the most well-known from 1912 is ‘Pygmalion’ aka ‘My Fair Lady’, and in 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The rest of Shaw’s long and remarkable life can be found in Britannica—
Gustavo’s blogspot has the original source of Shaw’s quote—
NOTE: Britannica shows a film clip of Bernard Shaw (in his 70s) speaking on the marvels of Movietone and the novelty of technology; excerpt from a Hearst Metrotone newsreel (c. 1930), (29 sec; 2.6 MB) J. Fred MacDonald & Associates.
♥ Gretchen Bernet-Ward
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