Pygmalion: a Romance in Five Acts (Paperback)

by George Bernard Shaw, Dan H. Laurence, Nicholas Grene

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Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own.

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Published
30/01/2003

Publisher
Penguin Classics

ISBN
9780141439501


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