The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism
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The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism is a non-fiction book written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. This book employs socialist and Marxist thought. It was written in 1928, and later re-released as the first Pelican Book in 1937. The dust jacket artwork for the English and American first editions was by British artist and sculptor Eric Kennington.
Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin Books, wished to create a new line: the "Pelicans," and desired that Shaw's Intelligent Woman's Guide should become the first in that series. Shaw wrote to Lane that since almost 10 years had elapsed the book's title needed to be changed to "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism, and Fascism"; and under that title the book became the first Pelican in two paperbound volumes in 1937.
The book inspired a respectful and detailed rebuke from Mrs Le Mesurier in 'The Socialist Woman's Guide to Intelligence' first published in 1929.
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