Here’s the sort of thing research turns up:



Max Beerbohm was born on this day in 1872. Few of Beerbohm’s famous contemporaries escaped him, but Shaw was a favorite target.



GEORG BRANDES [the literary critic]: "What'll you take for the lot?"


SHAW: "Immortality."


BRANDES: "Come! I've handled these goods before! Coat, Mr. Schopenhauer's; waistcoat, Mr. Ibsen's; Mr. Nietzsche's trousers”"


SHAW: "Ah, but look at the patches!"





From “Today in Literature,” Aug. 25, 2010


Even if Beerbohm’s insinuations were correct, the patches are quite spectacular, and tracking them down is (or was) quite a chore, worthy of Hercules.   The heroic, pre-computer age of Shaw research may have passed with the passing of Dan H. Laurence, but there is still much to be done, and the greater access to research materials that the computer has brought should encourage that.  The books we’ve been relying on for so many years can now be complemented, buttressed, and updated by what lies in cyberspace. 

            But where to start?   Just click on each of the categories below to find recommendations.

Biographies & Autobiographies




Databases, Searches, Concordances     


One book not mentioned on any of those pages is The British Library Catalogue of G. B. Shaw Papers, published by the British Library in 2005, and would that every library with a sizable Shaw collection provided such a book.  

Good hunting!


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