List of works by George Bernard Shaw

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Bernard Shaw in 1894

The following is a list of works by George Bernard Shaw The first section shows works in chronological sequence as written, the second tabulates these works by genre. In addition to the works listed here, Shaw produced a large quantity of journalism and criticism, particularly in his role as a music and theatre critic. These items are not included in the lists, except for the collections which Shaw himself supervised and which were published during his lifetime; these appear in the brief third section. Other collections of Shaw's journalism and correspondence, and editions of his plays, have been published since his death but again are not listed here.

The main source is the chronology provided by the International Shaw Society.[1] Items not covered by the chronology are separately cited. Items marked ‡ are works published anonymously by or for the Fabian Society, where Shaw's authorship was later confirfmed by the Society. Except where indicated, the publication year is that of first publication.

Chronological list[edit]

Date written Title Year first performed (plays) Year of publication
1878 The Legg Papers (abandoned draft of novel) unpublished[2]
1878 "My Dear Dorothea..." 1906
1878 Passion Play (fragment) 1971
1879 Immaturity (novel) 1930
1880 The Irrational Knot (novel) serial 1885-7; book 1905
1881 Love Among the Artists (novel) serial 1887-8; book 1900
1882 Cashel Byron's Profession (novel) serial 1885-6; book 1886; rev 1889, 1901
1883 An Unsocial Socialist (novel) serial 1884; book 1887
1884 "A Manifesto" (Fabian tract 2)‡ 1884[3]
1884 Un Petit Drame (playlet) 1959
1884–92 Widowers' Houses (play) 1893 1893; rev. 1898
1885 "The Miraculous Revenge" (short story) 1906[n 1]
1885 To provident landlords and capitalists (Fabian tract 3)‡ 1885[3]
1887 The true radical programme (Fabian tract 6: Shaw a contributor)‡ 1887[3]
1887–88 An Unfinished Novel (novel fragment) 1958
1889 Fabian Essays in Socialism (ed. Shaw with 2 Shaw essays) 1889; rev. 1908, 1931, 1948
1890 What socialism is (Fabian tract 13)‡ 1890[3]
1890 "Ibsen" (Lecture before the Fabian Society 1970
1891 The Quintessence of Ibsenism (criticism) 1891; rev. 1913
1892 Fabian election manifesto (Fabian tract 40)‡ 1892[3]
1892 The Fabian Society: what it has done, and how it has done it (Fabian tract 42)‡ 1892 rev. 1899[3]
1892 "Vote! Vote!! Vote!!!" (Fabian Tract 43)‡ 1892[3]
1893 The Impossibilities of Anarchism (Fabian tract 45)‡ 1892[3]
1893 The Philanderer (play) 1905 1898
1893 Mrs Warren's Profession (play) 1902 1898, rev. 1930
1893–94 Arms and The Man (play) 1894 1898, rev. 1930
1894 A Plan of Campaign for Labor (incorporating "To Your Tents, O Israel") (Fabian tract 49)‡ 1894[3]
1894 Candida (play) 1897 1898, rev. 1930
1895 The Man of Destiny (play) 1897 1898, rev. 1930
1895 The Sanity of Art (art criticism) 1895, rev. 1908
1895–96 You Never Can Tell (play) 1899 1898, rev. 1930
1896 Fabian report and resolutions to the IS and TU Congress (Fabian tract 70)‡ 1896[3]
1896 The Devil's Disciple (play) 1897 1901, rev. 1904
1898 The Perfect Wagnerite (music criticism) 1898, rev. 1907
1898 Caesar and Cleopatra (play) 1901 1901, rev. 1930
1899 Captain Brassbound's Conversion (play) 1900 1901
1900 Fabianism and The Empire: A Manifesto (ed. Shaw) 1900
1900 Women as councillors (Fabian tract 93)‡ 1900[3]
1901 Socialism for millionaires (Fabian tract 107)‡ ) 1901[3]
1901 The Admirable Bashville (play) 1902 1901
1901–02 Man and Superman incorporating Don Juan in Hell (play) 1905 1903; rev. 1930
1904 Fabianism and the fiscal question (Fabian tract 116)‡ 1904[4]
1904 John Bull's Other Island (play) 1904 1907; rev. 1930
1904 How He Lied to Her Husband (play) 1904 1907
1904 The Common Sense of Municipal Trading (social commentary) 1908
1905 Major Barbara (play) 1905 1907; rev. 1930, 1945
1905 Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction (play) 1905 1905
1906 The Doctor's Dilemma (play) 1906 1911
1907 The Interlude at the Playhouse (playlet) 1907 1927
1907–08 Getting Married (play) 1908 1911
1907–08 Brieux: A Preface (criticism) 1910
1909 The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (play) 1909 1911; rev. 1930
1909 Press Cuttings (play) 1909 1909
1909 The Glimpse of Reality (play) 1927 1926
1909 The Fascinating Foundling (play) 1928 1926
1909 Misalliance (play) 1910 1914; rev. 1930
1910 Socialism and superior brains: a reply to Mr. Mallock (Fabian tract 146) 1926[4]
1910 The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (play) 1910 1914
1910–11 Fanny's First Play (play) 1911 1914;
1912 Androcles and the Lion (play) 1913 1916
1912 Overruled (play) 1912 1916
1912 Pygmalion 1913 1916; rev. 1941
1913 Beauty's Duty (playlet) 1932
1913 Great Catherine: Whom Glory Still Adores (play) 1913 1919
1913–14 The Music-Cure (play) 1914 1926
1914 Common Sense about The War (political commentary) 1914
1914 The Case for Belgium (pamphlet) 1914[5]
1915 The Inca of Perusalem (play) 1916 1919
1915 O'Flaherty V.C. (play) 1917 1919
1915 More Common Sense about The War (political commentary) unpublished
1916 Augustus Does His Bit (play) 1917 1919
1916–17 Heartbreak House (play) 1920 1919
1917 Doctors’ Delusions; Crude Criminology; Sham Education (compilation) 1931
1917 Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress (play) 1918 1919
1917 How To Settle The Irish Question (political commentary) 1917
1917 What I Really Wrote about The War (political commentary) 1931
1918–20 Back to Methuselah (play) 1922 1921; rev. 1930, 1945
1919 Peace Conference Hints (political commentary) 1919
1919 Ruskin’s Politics (lecture of 21 November 1919) 1921
1920–21 Jitta's Atonement (play, adapted from the German) 1923 1926
1923 Saint Joan (play) 1923 1924
1925 Imprisonment (social commentary) 1925; rev. 1946 as The Crime of Imprisonment
1928 The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism 1928; rev. 1937
1928 The Apple Cart (play) 1929 1930
1929 The League of Nations (political commentary) 1929[6]
1930 Socialism: Principles and Outlook, and Fabianism (Fabian tract 233) 1929[6]
1931 Pen Portraits and Reviews (criticism) 1931
1931–34 The Millionairess (play) 1936 1936
1932 The Adventures of the Black Girl In Her Search for God (story) 1932
1932 Essays in Fabian Socialism (reprinted tracts with 2 new essays) 1932[6]
1932 The Rationalization of Russia (political commentary) 1964[7][8]
1933 The Future of Political Science in America (political commentary) 1933
1933 Village Wooing (play) 1934 1934
1933 On The Rocks (play) 1933 1934
1934 The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles (play) 1935 1936
1934 The Six of Calais (play) 1934 1936
1934 Short Stories, Scraps, and Shavings (stories & playlets) 1934 1934
1936 Arthur and the Acetone (playlet) 1936 1936
1936 Cymbeline Refinished (play) 1937 1938
1936 Geneva (play) 1938 1939; rev. 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947
1936–47 Buoyant Billions (play) 1948 1949
1936 Cymbeline Refinished (play) 1937 1938
1937–38 Pygmalion (film screenplay, with co-writers)[9] 1938 1941[10]
1938–39 In Good King Charles's Golden Days (play) 1939 1939; rev. 1947
1939 Shaw Gives Himself Away: An Autobiographical Miscellany 1939
1944 Everybody’s Political What's What (political commentary) 1944
1948 Farfetched Fables (play) 1950 1951
1948 The RADA Graduates' Keeepsake and Counsellor (RADA handbook) 1948[11] [12]
1949 Sixteen Self Sketches (revision of Shaw Gives Himself Away) 1949
1949 Shakes versus Shav (puppet play) 1949 1950
1950 Why She Would Not (play) 1957 1960
1950 Rhyming Picture Guide to Ayot Saint Lawrence 1950

Works listed by genre[edit]

Dramatic works[edit]

Date written Title Year first performed Year of publication
1878 Passion Play (fragment) unperformed
1884 Un Petit Drame (playlet) unperformed
1884–92 Widowers' Houses 1893 1893; rev. 1898
1893 The Philanderer 1905 1898
1893 Mrs Warren's Profession 1902 1898, rev. 1930
1893–94 Arms and The Man 1894 1898, rev. 1930
1894 Candida 1897 1898, rev. 1930
1895 The Man of Destiny 1897 1898, rev. 1930
1895–96 You Never Can Tell 1899 1898, rev. 1930
1896 The Devil's Disciple 1897 1901, rev. 1904
1898 Caesar and Cleopatra 1901 1901, rev. 1930
1899 Captain Brassbound's Conversion 1900 1901
1901 The Admirable Bashville 1902 1901
1901–02 Man and Superman incorporating Don Juan in Hell 1905 1930
1904 John Bull's Other Island 1904 1907; rev. 1930
1904 How He Lied to Her Husband 1904 1907
1905 Major Barbara (play) 1905 1907; rev. 1930, 1945
1905 Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction 1905 1905
1906 The Doctor's Dilemma 1906 1911
1907 The Interlude at the Playhouse (playlet) 1907 1927
1907–08 Getting Married 1908 1911
1909 The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet 1909 1911; rev. 1930
1909 Press Cuttings 1909 1909
1909 The Glimpse of Reality 1927 1926
1909 The Fascinating Foundling 1928 1926
1909 Misalliance 1910 1914; rev. 1930
1910 The Dark Lady of the Sonnets 1910 1914
1910–11 Fanny's First Play 1911 1914;
1912 Androcles and the Lion 1913 1916
1912 Overruled 1912 1916
1912 Pygmalion 1913 1916; rev. 1941
1913 Beauty's Duty (playlet) unperformed 1932
1913 Great Catherine: Whom Glory Still Adores 1913 1919
1913–14 The Music-Cure 1914 1926
1915 The Inca of Perusalem 1916 1919
1915 O'Flaherty V.C. 1917 1919
1916 Augustus Does His Bit 1917 1919
1916–17 Heartbreak House 1920 1919
1917 Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress 1918 1919
1918–20 Back to Methuselah 1922 1921; rev. 1930, 1945
1920–21 Jitta's Atonement (adapted from the German) 1923 1926
1923 Saint Joan 1923 1924
1928 The Apple Cart 1929 1930
1931–34 The Millionairess 1936 1936
1933 Village Wooing 1934 1934
1933 On The Rocks 1933 1934
1934 The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles 1935 1936
1934 The Six of Calais 1934 1936
1936 Arthur and the Acetone (playlet) 1936 1936
1936 Cymbeline Refinished 1937 1938
1936 Geneva 1938 1939; rev. 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947
1936–47 Buoyant Billions 1948 1949
1936 Cymbeline Refinished 1937 1938
1937–38 Pygmalion (film screenplay, with co-writers)[9] 1938 1941[10]
1938–39 In Good King Charles's Golden Days 1939 1939; rev. 1947
1948 Farfetched Fables 1950 1951
1949 Shakes versus Shav (puppet play) 1949 1950
1950 Why She Would Not 1957 1960

Political writings[edit]

Date written Title Year of publication
1884 "A Manifesto" (Fabian tract 2)‡ 1884[3]
1885 To provident landlords and capitalists (Fabian tract 3)‡ 1885[3]
1887 The true radical programme (Fabian tract 6: Shaw a contributor)‡ 1887[3]
1889 Fabian Essays in Socialism (ed. Shaw with 2 Shaw essays) 1889; rev. 1908, 1931, 1948
1890 What socialism is (Fabian tract 13)‡ 1890[3]
1892 Fabian election manifesto (Fabian tract 40)‡ 1892[3]
1892 The Fabian Society: what it has done, and how it has done it (Fabian tract 42)‡ 1892 rev. 1899[3]
1892 "Vote! Vote!! Vote!!!" (Fabian Tract 43)‡ 1892[3]
1893 The Impossibilities of Anarchism (Fabian tract 45)‡ 1892[3]
1894 A Plan of Campaign for Labor (incorporating "To Your Tents, O Israel") (Fabian tract 49)‡ 1894[3]
1896 Fabian report and resolutions to the IS and TU Congress (Fabian tract 70)‡ 1896
1900 Fabianism and The Empire: A Manifesto (ed. Shaw) 1900[3]
1900 Women as councillors (Fabian tract 93)‡ 1900[3]
1901 Socialism for millionaires (Fabian tract 107)‡ ) 1901[3]
1904 Fabianism and the fiscal question (Fabian tract 116)‡ Fabian Tracts: 1902-18
1904 The Common Sense of Municipal Trading (social commentary) 1908
1910 Socialism and superior brains: a reply to Mr. Mallock (Fabian tract 146) 1926[4]
1914 Common Sense about The War (political commentary) 1914
1914 The Case for Belgium (pamphlet) 1914[5]
1915 More Common Sense about The War (political commentary) unpublished[13]
1917 How To Settle The Irish Question (political commentary) 1917
1917 What I Really Wrote about The War (political commentary) 1931
1919 Peace Conference Hints (political commentary) 1919
1919 Ruskin’s Politics (lecture of 21 November 1919) 1921
1925 Imprisonment (social commentary) 1925; rev. 1946 as The Crime of Imprisonment
1928 The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism 1928; rev. 1937
1929 The League of Nations (political commentary) 1929[6]
1930 Socialism: Principles and Outlook, and Fabianism (Fabian tract 233) 1929[6]
1932 Essays in Fabian Socialism (reprinted tracts with 2 new essays) 1932[6]
1932 The Rationalization of Russia (political commentary) 1964[7][8]
1933 The Future of Political Science in America (political commentary) 1933
1944 Everybody’s Political What's What (political commentary) 1944

Fiction[edit]

Date written Title Year of publication
1878 The Legg Papers (abandoned draft of novel) unpublished[2]
1879 Immaturity (novel) 1930
1880 The Irrational Knot (novel) serial 1885-7; book 1905
1881 Love Among the Artists (novel) serial 1887-8; book 1900
1882 Cashel Byron's Profession (novel) serial 1885-6; book 1886; rev 1889, 1901
1883 An Unsocial Socialist (novel) serial 1884; book 1887
1885 "The Miraculous Revenge" (short story) 1906
1887–88 An Unfinished Novel (novel fragment) 1958
1932 The Adventures of the Black Girl In Her Search for God (story) 1932
1934 Short Stories, Scraps, and Shavings (stories & playlets) 1934

Criticism[edit]

Date written Title Year of publication
1895 The Sanity of Art (art criticism) 1895, rev. 1908
1898 The Perfect Wagnerite (analysis, Wagner's Ring cycle) 1898, rev. 1907
1890 "Ibsen" (Lecture before the Fabian Society 1970
1891 The Quintessence of Ibsenism (criticism) 1891; rev. 1913
1907–08 Brieux: A Preface (criticism) 1910
1931 Pen Portraits and Reviews (criticism) 1931

Miscellaneous writings[edit]

Date written Title Year of publication
1878 "My Dear Dorothea..." 1906
1939 Shaw Gives Himself Away: An Autobiographical Miscellany 1939
1948 The RADA Graduates' Keeepsake and Counsellor (RADA handbook) 1948[11] [12]
1949 Sixteen Self Sketches (revision of Shaw Gives Himself Away) 1949
1950 Rhyming Picture Guide to Ayot Saint Lawrence 1950

Collections published in Shaw's lifetime[edit]

Title Year of publication
Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant: (Unpleasant: Widowers' Houses, The Philanderer and Mrs Warren's Profession. Pleasant: Arms and the Man, Candida, The Man of Destiny, You Never Can Tell.) 1898
Three Plays for Puritans ( The Devil's Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, Captain Brassbound's Conversion) 1901
Dramatic Opinions and Essays: (theatre criticism, Saturday Review 1895-98) 1906
Translations and Tomfooleries: (collection of short plays, including Jitta's Atonement; The Admirable Bashville; Press Cuttings; The Glimpse of Reality; Passion, Poison, and Petrification; The Fascinating Foundling; The Music-Cure) 1926[14]
Our Theatres in the Nineties: (theatre criticism, Saturday Review 1895-98) 1932
Music In London: (music criticism, Star 1888-89; World 1890-94) 1937

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Published in W.B. Yeats's Irish miscellany The Shanachie, 1906[2]

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