The Theatre: Saint Joan*

G. B. S. Proves Himself an Incorrigible Idealist

George Bernard Shaw presented to the world, with the season's greetings, three gifts—a play, a speech, a remark.

The remark he sent through Collier's Weekly in response to a typically American request for his views on Santa Claus. The remark was: "Santa Claus be bio wed!—(signed) G. Bernard Shaw, Adelphi Terrace, London."

The speech, copies of which are disseminated by the Fabian Society of London, discussed the question: "Is Civilization Desirable?" Shaw answered that whether or not it is desirable it...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!