George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) was an Irish playwright and critic who
had a major influence on Western theatre, culture and politics. He was
born in Dublin and moved to London in 1876 as a struggling writer and
novelist. His first stage success was Arms and the Man in 1894; under
the influence of Henrik Ibsen he brought a new realism into English-
language drama, using his plays as vehicles to disseminate his often
contentious political, social and religious ideas. He became a member of
the gradualist Fabian Society, was a socialist pamphleteer and
polemicist for over 50 years, and was instrumental in the foundation of
the modern Labour Party. Many of his plays were critical and commercial
successes, including Caesar and Cleopatra (1898), Man and Superman
(1903), Major Barbara (1905), The Doctor's Dilemma (1906), Pygmalion
(1913) and Saint Joan (1923). He was regarded as the leading dramatist
of his generation, and was awarded the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature.
He wrote prolifically until shortly before his death, aged 94.
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Mindanao, to the Song dynasty of China.
American Revolutionary War: The British Army garrison in
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The Holocaust: The first mass killings of Jews began at
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Reinhard camps to begin operation.
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (Ireland) A wooden (especially oaken) club ending with a large knob.
2. Any cudgel, whether or not of Irish origin.
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I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the
Trinity Through belief in the threeness Through confession of the
Oneness Towards the creator.
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