George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw AKA "Corno di Bassetto" ("basset horn")

England 1856 – 1950

Comments: Socialist; playwright and author of many satirical masterpieces; many friends in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn; only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for Pygmalion; opposition to vaccination against smallpox; vegetarian; anti-vivisectionist ;


Teachers: Richard Wagner; Nietzsche; Thomas Day and his ward Sabrina, the models for “Pygmalion,” aka “My Fair Lady”; Ovid, who recorded Pygmalion in the Metamorphoses; John Bull, editor of The Treasury of Light: or The Storehouse of Truths gathered on the Luminous Pasture Fields of History, Mythology, Prophecy, and Heraldry, 1858;


Students: Patrick McGoohan, actor; Joseph Weizenbaum, creator of Eliza; Steve Jobs of Apple, who green-lighted Siri; Lynn Hershman Leeson of chatbot, Agent Ruby; Spike Jonze, film maker of Her aka Samantha aka Scarlett Johansson, voice actress ; Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe ; Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers; Rex Harrison, actor; Julie Andrews, actress; Al Hirschfeld, cartoonist;

Friends: Annie Horniman; Florence Farr; Annie Besant; Arthur Machen; Oliver Joseph Lodge; Havelock Ellis; Oscar Wilde; Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas; A. R. Orage; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Charlotte Payne-Townshend, wife; Sidney and Beatrice Webb; Graham Wallas; Frank Harris; Henrik Ibsen; Henry James; H. G. Wells; T.E. Lawrence;


Enemies: Austin Osman Spare; Sir Henry Irving; John Barrymore;

Organizations: the Fabian Society; London School of Economics and Political Science, 1895; Interplanetary Society; Eugenics Education Society;

Author: Cashel Byron's Profession (1886); An Unsocial Socialist, 1883 - 1887; Love Among the Artists , 1900; The Irrational Knot, 1880, published 1905; Immaturity, 1879, published 1931; The Black Girl in Search of God and Some Lesser Tales, 1934; The Miraculous Revenge (1885); The Quintessence of Ibsenism; Caesar and Cleopatra (1898); Man and Superman (1903); Major Barbara (1905); The Doctor's Dilemma (1906); John Bull's Other Island (1904); Fanny's First Play (1911); Pygmalion (1912) became musical My Fair Lady; Heartbreak House (1919); Back to Methuselah, 1921; Saint Joan (1923); The Apple Cart (1929); Too True to Be Good (1931); On the Rocks (1933); The Millionairess (1935); Geneva (1938); Fabian Essays in Socialism (1889); The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1912);


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bernard_Shaw ; read him here: http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/s#a467 ; or listen here - http://librivox.org/author/603 ; his Pygmalion inspired Joseph Weizenbaum's Eliza, then Apple's Siri, http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/12/-em-her-em-and-the-complex-legacy-of-the-female-robot/282581/ ; http://www.salon.com/2013/04/07/how_to_create_the_perfect_wife/;