Books: Nonage Novels

SELECTED NOVELS OF G. BERNARD SHAW (726 pp.)—Coxfon House ($2.50).

Between 1879 and 1883 a young unknown named George Bernard Shaw, living hand-to-mouth in London, dashed off five novels, one after the other. They piled up a grand total of 60 rejection slips before publication, and never made much of a splash when they were finally published.

In 1892 Shaw solemnly announced that royalties from their sale had jumped 170% in two years—from about three shillings in 1889 to about eight shillings in 1891. "I doubt," said he, "if any other living novelist can show...

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