George Bernard Shaw: Candida (1757 words)

Soudabeh Ananisarab (Birmingham City University)
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Candida was written in 1894 and was George Bernard Shaw’s first box-office success when staged on 26th April 1904 in the now famous Vedrenne-Barker seasons at the Royal Court Theatre. London. Candida followed three plays – Widowers’ Houses, Philanderer and Mrs Warren’s Profession – eventually published together under the title Plays Unpleasant (1898). In these Shaw exposed some of the sordid aspects of Victorian society – slum landlordism, philandering and prostitution. Unsurprisingly, Shaw had small success in finding London managers willing to produce these early plays so remained a largely unperformed playwright outside the …

Citation: Ananisarab, Soudabeh. "Candida". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 July 2019 [, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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