Emergence of the Comic Sublime
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.
KeywordsRomantic Love Dublin Journal False Position Dramatic Form Passion Play
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