Three Plays for Puritans

Three Plays for Puritans


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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140437928
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Shaw believed that theatre audiences of the 1890s deserved more than the hollow spectacle and sham he saw displayed on the London stage. But he also recognized that people wanted to be entertained while educated, and to see purpose mixed with pleasure. In these three plays of ideas, Shaw employed traditional dramatic forms – Victorian melodrama, the history play and the adventure story – to turn received wisdom upside down. Set during the American War of Independence, The Devil’s Disciple exposes fake Puritanism and piety, while Caesar and Cleopatra, a cheeky riposte to Shakespeare, redefines heroism in the character of the ageing Roman leader. And in Captain Brassbound’s Conversion, an expedition in Morocco is saved from disaster by a lady explorer’s skilful manipulation of the truth.

Table of Contents

Three Plays for PuritansPreface
Why for Puritans?
On Diabolonian Ethics
Better than Shakespear?

The Devil’s Disciple: A Melodrama
Notes to The Devil’s Disciple:
General Burgoyne
Brudenell

Caesar and Cleopatra: A History
Notes to Caesar and Cleopatra:
Cleopatra’s Cure for Baldness
Apparent Anachronisms
Cleopatra
Britannus
Julius Caesar

Captain Brassbound’s Conversion: An Adventure
Notes to Captain Brassbound:
Sources of the Play
English and American Dialects

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