Books: Mailman Bernard Shaw: Collected Letters, 1911-1925

"This correspondence is getting intolerable," George Bernard Shaw complained to his diary in 1891. Sixty years later he was still grumbling and still corresponding. According to Editor Dan H. Laurence, Shaw "must in his lifetime have written at least a quarter of a million letters and postcards." It was an incomparable output; only his ego was larger.

In Volume III of the correspondence, a portion of the mail from 1911 to 1925 is on view, not all of it flattering. Here is the adman: "I never let a book go out without a full list of my works at the end,...

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