Books: Reappraisal of G.B.S.

The oracular old man in knickerbockers loved controversy, but he might not have liked the one going on in London only six years since his death. To mark the centennial of the birth of the 20th century's No. 1 playwright, wit and sage, London's critics turned their pens to fresh appraisals of George Bernard Shaw. To an extent that aroused passionate Shavians to cries of protest, many of the appraisers found both the man and his works wanting. Sample second thoughts of those who joined in the sport of tearing down:

Oxford Don A. J. P. TAYLOR, in the Observer—Sooner or later...

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