Emergence of the Comic Sublime

  • David J. Gordon


George B. Shaw made his literary début at the age of eighteen with a letter in a Dublin journal about the visit of two American evangelists (NDW 447). Although neither witty nor eloquent, it anticipates very remarkably not only the mature writer’s preoccupation with questions of conduct and belief but also the way in which, as a Bunyanesque Protestant, he searched for authenticity.


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  1. 3.
    R. W. Ellis (ed.), Bernard Shaw and Karl Marx: A Symposium, 1884–1889 (New York: Random House, 1930).Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    Proto-dramatic elements in the novels themselves are discussed in Stanley Weintraub, ‘The Embryo Playwright: Bernard Shaw’s Early Novels’, University of Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. I (1959) pp. 327–55.Google Scholar

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© David J. Gordon 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Gordon
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Hunter CollegeUSA
  2. 2.City University of New York Graduate CenterUSA

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