Definition of George Bernard Shaw from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


George Bernard Shaw

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(1856-1950) an Irish writer of plays, novels and articles about music and literature who lived in England for much of his life. He is best known for his plays, which are full of intelligent and amusing remarks and criticisms of society. He is also famous for his campaigns for social change. He was one of the earliest members of the Fabian Society and a supporter of feminism (= women's rights) and vegetarianism (= not eating meat). His best-known works include The Devil's Disciple (1897), Major Barbara (1905) and Pygmalion (1913). He was given the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925. When he died he left money for the invention of a new alphabet that would make the English spelling system simpler. see also Shavian
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw