Religion: Brother Bernardo

Devilish old George Bernard Shaw loved to kick a cloven hoof in the face of convention, complacency and the church. Many of his contemporaries considered him one of the world's leading atheists. Now, in the 100th anniversary of his birth, old G.B.S. is taking on a different look. Magazines on both sides of the Atlantic are currently carrying a touching correspondence between Shaw and the abbess of a Roman Catholic convent of cloistered contemplative nuns.* The letters reveal the warmth behind the mocker, the loneliness of the wit who was condemned to see every side of every question.

Dame Laurentia McLachlan, who...

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