Works by George Bernard Shaw

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This is a list of George Bernard Shaw's writings.

Novels[edit]

Title¹ Written Printed First Publisher Link
Immaturity October 1879 1930 (Ltd. Ed.), 1931 (Std. Ed.) Constable and Company, Ltd., London
*
The Irrational Knot 1880 1885-8 Our Corner (Annie Besant's Socialist Magazine) s:The Irrational Knot
Love Among the Artists 1881 1887-8 (Serial); 1932 (Book) Our Corner (Annie Besant's Socialist Magazine) s:Love Among the Artists
Cashel Byron's Profession 1882 1885-6 (Serial); 1901 (Book) To-Day (Henry Hyde Champion's Socialist periodical) s:Cashel Byron's Profession
An Unsocial Socialist 1883 1884 (Serial); 1887 (Book) To-Day (Henry Hyde Champion's Socialist periodical) s:An Unsocial Socialist

¹All of the novels are included in The Standard Edition of the Works of Bernard Shaw;
a collection published by Constable and Company, Limited (London)


Plays[edit]

Title Written Premiere Printed Remarks Links
Passion Play
1878
  
 
Obscure fragment
 
Un Petit Drame
1884
 
1958
One act playlet
 
Widowers' Houses
1892
1892
1893
First successful play
s:Widowers' Houses
The Philanderer
1893
 
1898
Woman hunts; man is the prey.
s:The Philanderer
Mrs. Warren's Profession
1894
1895
1898
Created public uproar because prostitution was realistically discussed
s:Mrs. Warren's Profession
Arms and the Man
1894
1894
1898
In war and love, pragmatism beats bravado.
[1]
Candida
1895
1897
1898
A woman chooses the man who needs her
most over the one who loves her most
s:Candida
The Man of Destiny
1895
1899
1898
Cherchez la femme.
s:The Man of Destiny
You Never Can Tell
1896
1896
1998
Comedy for comedy's sake
s:You Never Can Tell
The Devil's Disciple
1897
1897
1901
A melodrama drawn from the American Revolution. Shaw's
only full-length play with a solely American locale.
s:The Devil's Disciple
The Gadfly: or The
Son of the Cardinal
 
1898
 
 
 
Caesar and Cleopatra
1898
1906
1901
The game is not romance but politics.
s:Caesar and Cleopatra
Captain Brassbound's Conversion
1899
1900
1901
The lady's trustfulness can melt any villain's heart.
s:Captain Brassbound's Conversion
The Admirable Bashville, or Constancy Unrewarded
1901
1903
1909
Derived from Cashel Byron's Profession but
not a stage version of that novel
s:The Admirable Bashville
Man and Superman
1903
1905
1903
Epic flight of a Socialist reformer hoping to escape a woman bent on marriage
s:Man and Superman
Don Juan in Hell: Act III of Man and Superman
1903
1907
1903
A dream sequence revises the Don Juan legend;
it is often produced as a separate play.
s:Man and Superman
John Bull's Other Island
1904
1904
1907
An Irishman's view of Edwardian England
s:John Bull's Other Island
How He Lied to Her Husband
1904
1904
1907
Satirizes Candida. The heroine, Aurora, strong
as to flesh, finds her spirit weak.
s:How He Lied to Her Husband
Major Barbara
1905
1905
1907
The online version includes the preface;
click on "Essay as First Aid to Critics"
s:Major Barbara
Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction
1905
1905
1905
A one-act farce intended for cheap and easy productions
to benefit The Actors' Orphanage
s:Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction
The Doctor's Dilemma
1906
1906
1911
When the doctor can cure only one, either an artistic genius or a mundane but deserving friend, whom should he choose?
s:The Doctor’s Dilemma
The Interlude at the Playhouse
1907
1907
1907
Extremely humorous one-scene playlet
s:The interlude at the Playhouse
Getting Married
1908
1908
1911
Matrimony from the Shavian point of view
s:Getting Married
The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. Sermon in crude melodrama
1909
1909
1911
Random acts of kindness help the world go down.
s:The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet
Press Cuttings
1909
1909
1909
Burlesques the conservative male reaction to the threat of Women's Suffrage
s:Press Cuttings
Fascinating Foundling: Disgrace to the author
1909
1928
1926
No in-laws, please!
[2]
The Glimpse of Reality
A Tragedietta
1909
1927
1926
Reality in the 14th century, perhaps.
[3]
Misalliance
1910
1910
1914
Supplement to Getting Married
s:Misalliance
The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
1910
1910
1914
Fundraiser to help establish National Theatre as memorial for Shakespeare
s:Dark Lady of the Sonnets
Fanny's First Play
1911
1911
1914
Shaw called it a "potboiler"
s:Fanny's First Play
Androcles and the Lion
1912
1913
1914
Martyrdom for fun and profit
s:Androcles and the Lion
Overruled: A Demonstration
1912
1912
1916
Not an argument for or against polygamy
s:Overruled (Shaw)
Beauty's Duty
1913
 
1934
There is no record of this playlet being staged.
[4]
Pygmalion
1912-13
1913
1914
From guttersnipe to great lady, with lingering regrets. The basis for the classic musical My Fair Lady.
s:Pygmalion
Great Catherine
1913
1913
1919
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
s:Great Catherine
The Music Cure
1913
1914
1926
Nonsense, Shaw called it.
s:The Music Cure
O'Flaherty, V. C.
1915
1917
1920
For an Irishman, war is a respite from the stress of homelife.
s:O'Flaherty, V.C.
The Inca of Perusalem
1916
1916
1919
An almost historical comedietta
s:The Inca of Perusalem
Augustus Does His Bit
1916
1916
1919
Satirizes bureaucrats
s:Augustus Does His Bit
Macbeth Skit
1916
 
1967
Published in Educational Theatre Journal (1967)
with an introduction by B. F. Dukore
 

Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress

1917
1918
1919
Revolutionary romancelet
s:Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress
Heartbreak House
1913-19
1920
1919
Fantasia in the Russian manner on English themes s:Heartbreak House
Back to Methuselah
A Metabiological Pentateuch
1918-20
1922
1921
«Preface» and 5 plays: «In the Beginning», «The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas», «The Thing Happens», «Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman» and « As Far as Thought Can Reach».
s:Back to Methuselah

A Glimpse of the Domesticity of Franklin Barnabas.

1920
1960
1932
First version of Back to Methuselah's Act II
 
Jitta's Atonement
1922
1929
1926
Shaw's translation from German of a play by Siegfried Trebitsch
 
Saint Joan
1923
1923
1924
Shaw's soul shows between the lines
[5]
The Apple Cart
1929
1929
1930
The flaws in democracy explored.
[6]
Too True to Be Good
1931
1932
1932
Regarding the miseries of wealth.
[7]
Village Wooing
1933
1934
1934
Comedietta for two voices
[8]
On the Rocks
1933
1933
1934
Unrest during the Great Depression
[9]
The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles
1934
1935
1936
The Useful Will Be Spared
[10]
The Six of Calais
1934
1934
1936
No message, just a great story
[11]
The Millionairess
1934
1936
1936
Earning money is a talent
[12]
Arthur and the Acetone
1935
 
1936
Broad satire of bureaucracy
[13]
Cymbeline Refinished
1937
1937
1938
A revised Act V for Shakespeare's Cymbeline
[14]
Geneva
1938
1938
1939
A fancied page of history.
[15]
In Good King Charles's Golden Days
1939
1939
1939
A true history that never happened.
[16]
The British Party System
1944
Never
1944
This playlet is Chapter III of Everybody's Political What's What?
[17]
Buoyant Billions
1947
1949
1947
Comedy of no manners
[18]
Farfetched Fables
1948-50
1950
1951
Shaw's thoughts simplified
[19]
Why She Would Not
1950
 
 
Unfinished play. Shaw died while writing it.
[20]

Other works[edit]

Title Written Printed Remarks Links
The Perfect Wagnerite
1883
1898
Philosophical commentary on Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen
[21]
Quintessence of Ibsenism
1891
1891
Significantly expanded in 1913.
Commonsense About the War
-
1914
-
The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism
-
1928
-
Everybody's Political What's What
-
1944
-
-imagination
-
1944
-