Back to Methuselah

Packed with the spot-on social commentary that George Bernard Shaw is known for, the five plays that comprise Back to Methuselah are an engaging read for lovers of classic drama and science fiction fans alike.

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 9781775419099

Category: Drama

Page: 550

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Packed with the spot-on social commentary that George Bernard Shaw is known for, the five plays that comprise Back to Methuselah are an engaging read for lovers of classic drama and science fiction fans alike. In an effort to shed light on what he regards as a pervasive failure of modern governance, Shaw projects his imagination backwards and forwards in time, dissecting what went wrong and what could have been in a series of five set pieces that span the time period from 4004 BC to 31,920 AD.

Back to Methuselah A Metabiological Pentateuch

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.We are republishing many of these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the ...

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Detzer Press

ISBN: 9781445504506

Category: Philosophy

Page: 358

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.We are republishing many of these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Back to Methuselah

This eBook version of Back to Methuselah presents the full text of this literary classic.



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The Marriage of Contraries

Back to Methu selah Back to Methuselah was begun in early 1918,1 a year
before the publication of Heartbreak House , and the two works grew out of the
same immediate preoccupations : Shaw's response to the war and his feeling
that he ...

Author: J. L. Wisenthal

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674550854

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 259

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This reading of Bernard Shaw focuses on his habit of seeing the world in terms of contraries, a habit related to his basic rejection of absolutes, his distaste for finality. The author examines nine of Shaw's finest plays: Man and Superman, Major Barbara, John Bull's Other Island, The Doctor's Dilemma, Pygmalion, Misalliance, Heartbreak House, Saint Joan, and Back to Methuselah. The book takes seriously Shaw's claim that all of his characters are "right from their several points of view." We are compelled to respect the qualities and values of opposing and very different characters in these plays, and we also have a sense of their complementary defects. J. L. Wisenthal's commentary sheds light on Shaw's techniques of portrayal as well as his dialectical habit of mind. This finely written essay is for all lovers of Shaw and the theater.

Back to Methuselah

We jumped out of the frying-pan into the fire ; and we are just as likely to jump
back again, now that we feel hotter than ever. History records very little in the way
of mental activity on the part of the mass of mankind except a series of stampedes

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Shaw and Science Fiction

magination is the beginning of creation . You imagine what you desire ; you will
what you imagine ; and at last you create what you will . ? Bernard Shaw was one
of ...

Author: Milton T. Wolf

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271016817

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Shaw's speculations about human destiny align him with many other writers of the time, and later, who forged a new genre of literature that ultimately took the name in 1928 of "science fiction." Ray Bradbury affirms Greg Bear's statement about the little-known, but significant, relationship that Bernard Shaw has with science fiction. Bradbury, who frequently emphasizes Shaw's influence on his own work, asks, "Isn't it obvious at last: Those that do not live in the future will be trapped and die in the past?" Susan Stone-Blackburn, comparing Shaw's Back to Methuselah with Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men, discusses why science-fiction scholars have been reluctant to acknowledge Shaw's role in the genre. Tom Shippey examines aspects of Shaw's theory of Creative Evolution to show why many have dismissed Shaw's science fiction as insufficiently scientific. Surveying the science-fiction milieu, Ben P. Indick shows that while Shaw was not interested in writing science fiction per se, he knew the genre and how to use it. Jeffrey M. Wallmann chronicles the science-fiction techniques that Shaw foreshadowed. Rodelle Weintraub analyzes dream-related elements of the fantastic that Shaw frequently employed in his drama. John Barnes focuses on Shaw's "radical superman," a stock-in-trade of science fiction. Like H. G. Wells, Shaw understood that human intervention was becoming the dominant mechanism of evolution and that new approaches to theatrical drama would be required to convey the social and political impact of the scientific revolution. Elwira M. Grossman compares similar dilemmas facing Shaw and the Polish dramatist Witkacy. J. L. Wisenthal examines the utopian tradition that underlay the English literary experience, and Julie A. Sparks contrasts Karel Capek's anti-utopian concepts with Shaw's utopian vision. Also included is an 1887 lecture by Shaw entitled "Utopias," published here for the first time. Several of the contributors emphasize the significant influence that Shaw had on major science-fiction writers. Elizabeth Anne Hull explores Shaw's affinities with Arthur C. Clarke, John R. Pfeiffer discusses the many connections between Shaw and Ray Bradbury, and George Slusser explores Shaw and Robert A. Heinlein's "recurrent fascination with the possibilities of life extension." Like his friend Einstein, Shaw knew that imagination is more important than knowledge. Peter Gahan's article demonstrates that Shaw's ambition was to engage the reader's imagination, the only "sufficient backdrop for his vision." Also included are reviews of recent additions to Shavian scholarship, including the Shaw/Wells correspondence, and John R. Pfeiffer's "Continuing Checklist of Shaviana."

The Collected Works of Bernard Shaw Back to Methuselah

Bernard Shaw. tensely interesting , we may just as well go out and dig the garden
until it is time to dig our graves . [ The parlor maid returns . Franklyn is impatient at
the interruption ) . Well ? what is it now ?

Author: Bernard Shaw


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On the Reliability of the Old Testament

CHAPTER 9 Back to Methuselah — and Well Beyond Hitherto, all the way back
through time, from the Persian Empire of the sixth to fourth centuries B.C. to the
setting of the patriarchs following on from roughly 2000 B.C., we have traveled ...

Author: K. A. Kitchen

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802803962

Category: Religion

Page: 662

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Draws upon a wide range of historical sources to examine the factuality of the Old Testament, arguing that the Bible's stories are firmly based on fact and refuting evidence from modern scholars who claim otherwise.

George Bernard Shaw His Religion Values

5 Shaw : The Creative Evolutionist ( Back to Methuselah ) I BACK TO
METHUSELAH ( 1921 ) is basically a grim elongation of Man and Superman (
1901-1903 ) . After a lapse of long eighteen years Shaw's imaginations have
become wilder ...

Author: Dayananda Pathak

Publisher: Mittal Publications


Category: Christian drama, English

Page: 176

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George Bernard Shaw

He wrote reviews of books for a number of other magazines and the review of
Back to Methuselah was one of his regular signed contributions to the Observer .
Squire was an extremely clever and amusing parodist and his Tricks of the Trade

Author: T. F. Evans

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415159539

Category: Reference

Page: 422

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This set comprises 40 volumes covering nineteenth and twentieth century European and American authors. These volumes will be available as a complete set, mini boxed sets (by theme) or as individual volumes. This second set compliments the first 68 volume set of Critical Heritage published by Routledge in October 1995.

Vanity Fair

The Later Mr. Shaw In " Back to Methuselah ” the Dramatist's Search for the
Superman Runs to an Inordinate Length By KENNETH MACGOWAN T Sucm
ELLIOTT AND FRY THE last years of men of genius have given Methuselah is
called ...



ISBN: MSU:31293018576706

Category: Fashion


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Literature of the 1920s

Shaw: Back to Methuselah As we have noted already, what had once been the
Ibsenite 'New Drama' of topical social issues in the Edwardian period had largely
given way after the Great War to a theatre dominated by comedy and other light ...

Author: Chris Baldick

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748674572

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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The first general account of Twenties literature in Britain

Duologues for All Accents and Ages

Duologues for Two Women 66 69 72 75 78 Back to Methuselah .... Bernard Shaw
The Beaux ' Stratagem . George Farquhar . Bold Girls Rona Munro ..... Borderline
. Hanif Kureishi Green Forms Alan Bennett .. Have You Seen Zandile ?

Author: Eamonn Jones

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0878301682

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 166

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This collection of forty-five duologues is selected from a range of plays, from Elizabethan to contemporary. Jean Marlow and Eamonn Jones, both experienced teachers and working actors, have chosen duologues which vary in style, offer a range of emotions and include parts for a variety of accents and ages. Much helpful advice is given in the book by contributors such as Tom Stoppard, April De Angelis, Don Taylor and representatives from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Guildhall School of Music and Drama - both use duologues in their external exams - and The Actors' Centre.


WAKE Shaw ' s Back to Methuselah is a “ grand precurser ” — with an “ e ” , not
an “ o ” — of James Joyce ' s Finnegans Wake . The younger Irishman believed ...

Author: Gale K. Larson

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271023317

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Shaw, now in its twenty-third year, publishes general articles on Shaw and his milieu, reviews, notes, and the authoritative Continuing Checklist of Shaviana, the bibliography of Shaw studies.

Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

Back to Methuselah (1921) 13 Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take
courage: it can be delightful. Back to Methuselah (rev. ed., 1930); see also Fraser
122:12 14 The British soldier can stand up to anything except the British War O‹

Author: Elizabeth Knowles

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199208951

Category: Reference

Page: 479

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More than five thousand quotations, that range in time from Scott's Antarctic expedition in 1912 to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, are gathered in a comprehensive, updated resource that evokes a fascinating picture of the social, political, cultural, and scientific highlights of modern times.

Bernard Shaw and the BBC

This is a fascinating study of how controversial works were first performed in both radio and television's infancies.

Author: Leonard W. Conolly

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802089205

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

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George Bernard Shaw's frequently stormy but always creative relationship with the British Broadcasting Corporation was in large part responsible for making him a household name on both sides of the Atlantic. From the founding of the BBC in 1922 to his death in 1950, Shaw supported the BBC by participating in debates, giving talks, permitting radio and television broadcasts of many of his plays - even advising on pronunciation questions. Here, for the first time, Leonard Conolly illuminates the often grudging, though usually mutually beneficial, relationship between two of the twentieth century's cultural giants. Drawing on extensive archival materials held in England, the United States, and Canada, Bernard Shaw and the BBC presents a vivid portrait of many contentious issues negotiated between Shaw and the public broadcaster. This is a fascinating study of how controversial works were first performed in both radio and television's infancies. It details debates about freedom of speech, the editing of plays for broadcast, and the protection of authors' rights to control and profit from works performed for radio and television broadcasts. Conolly also scrutinizes Second World War-era censorship, when the British government banned Shaw from making any broadcasts that questioned British policies or strategies. Rich in detail and brimming with Shaw's irrepressible wit, this book also provides links to online appendices of Shaw's broadcasts for the BBC, texts of Shaw's major BBC talks, extracts from German wartime propaganda broadcasts about Shaw, and the BBC's obituaries for Shaw.

Archaeologies of the Future

George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah was published in 1921 , at about the
same time as Karel Capek's unrelated The Makropoulous Secret . Meanwhile ,
one character in Shaw observes in passing that H.G. Wells " lent me five pounds

Author: Fredric Jameson

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1844670333

Category: Philosophy

Page: 431

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In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson's most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age. The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of othernessalien life and alien worldsand a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson's essential essays, including "The Desire Called Utopia," conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson's project on the Poetics of Social Forms.