Press: Great Insulter

"I myself have been particularly careful never to say a civil word to the United States. I have scoffed at their inhabitants as a nation of villagers. I have defined the 100% American as 99% idiot. And they just adore me."

Rare is the U. S. editor who has not snorted at the studied effronteries of George Bernard Shaw, recognizing them for what they frankly are: publicity bait. But rarer is the U. S. editor, as Mr. Shaw knows, who can resist printing readable copy. When his beard was red, Shaw's neatly phrased insults...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


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

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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