Plays Pleasant

Arms and the Man; Candida; The Man of Destiny; You Never Can Tell

Shaw Library

George Bernard Shaw - Author

Dan H. Laurence - Editor

W. J. McCormack - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140437942 | 336 pages | 26 Aug 2003 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Four glittering comedies from one of the greatest dramatists in the English language

Plays Pleasant (1898) comprises four comedies intended to amuse audiences but also to provoke them. Arms and the Man, set in the Balkan mountains, satirizes the romantic view of war and military heroism. Candida presents the complicated relationship between a vicar, his wife, and her young admirer. You Never Can Tell is a light, witty look at an aging suffragette and her family. The Man of Destiny features Napoleon Bonaparte at odds with English mores.

Plays Pleasant Introduction
Arms and the Man: An Anti-romantic Comedy
Candida: A Mystery
The Man of Destiny: A Fictitious Paragraph of History
You Never Can Tell: A Comedy
Composition and Cast Lists
Principal Works of Bernard Shaw