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Shavian

1. of, relating to, or like George Bernard Shaw (1856--1950), the Irish dramatist and critic, his works, ideas, etc.
2. an admirer of Shaw or his works
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Switzky's examination of "the coupling of injury and inspiration [that] is a Shavian signature" (37) contains interesting analyses of physical and mental cruelty imposed by the playwright on characters who, in turn, impart it upon audiences.
In the first two chapters, Yde analyzes two foundational Shavian texts from the 1890s, The Quintessence of Ibsenism and The Perfect Wagnerite, emphasizing the interest, threading through both works, in the heroic individual, a figure Shaw would variously champion as the realist, the world-betterer, the superman--leaders who recognize no authority outside their own individual will.
Shaw described the "bogus manager" as one "who spends his last penny on the production and trusts to the gate to make the ghost walk", (57) but it is difficult to judge the extent to which such accusations he aimed at Charrington may be taken to imply true historical events or simply Shavian 'hot air'.
Some of Shaw's readers apparently objected to his portrayal of their hero, so much so that the playwright felt it necessary to include the following "apology," employing his customary Shavian wit, in the Preface to the Second (1901) Edition of the book:
52) Biographers who characterize the six-page letter as Shavian wit tend to quote very little of it.
Jones himself probably sympathized with Shaw's drawing room socialism, yet he anxiously avoided any public association with the Shavian movement.
An ambitious production, a little long on Shavian wit, but well worth the effort.
In time, his slim book, with its Shavian sting for subversion and sustained rationalism, not to mention its vigorous developments and engaging prose, is sure to become a point of reference for those grappling with the idea of culture.
45) can follow in the hoofprints of Warren Place stars Shavian and Dr Fong in the '90s by scoring in his first outing in Group One company.
Recognized as a visionary among space-travel enthusiasts, he applies a Shavian philosophy to commercial space trade.
Allowing for Shavian exaggeration, it is clear that the issue of the private and the public is deeply enveloped in the notion of the American society as the embodiment of the good society writ large.
In Broadway's My Fair Lady, that master lyricist Alan Jay Lerner posed the highly pertinent Shavian question: "Why don't the English teach their children how to speak?