ISBN-10:
0887342280
ISBN-13:
9780887342288
Pub. Date:
01/01/1991
Publisher:
Players Press, Incorporated
Mrs. Warren's Profession / Edition 1

Mrs. Warren's Profession / Edition 1

by George Bernard Shaw, William-Alan Landes
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Overview

Middle-aged Mrs. Warren is a madam, proprietress of a string of successful brothels. Her daughter, Vivie, is a modern young woman, but not so modern that she's not shocked to discover the source of her mother's wealth. The clash of these two strong-willed, but culturally constrained Victorian women, is the spark that ignites the ironic wit of one of George Bernard Shaw's greatest plays, in a withering critique of male domination, sexual hypocrisy, and societal convention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887342288
Publisher: Players Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/1991
Series: George Bernard Shaw Collection
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

L.W. Conolly is a Professor of English at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, a senior member of Robinson College, Cambridge, a Corresponding Scholar of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has published widely on British and Canadian drama and theatre.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Bernard Shaw: A Brief Chronology
A Note on British Currency
A Note on the Text

Mrs Warren’s Profession

Appendix A: From Shaw’s Prefaces to Plays Unpleasant and Mrs Warren’s Profession

  1. From the Preface to Plays Unpleasant (1930)
  2. From the Preface to Mrs Warren’s Profession (1930)

Appendix B: The Expurgated Text of Mrs Warren’s Profession (1898)

Appendix C: Contemporary Reviews

  1. St James’s Gazette (7 January 1902)
  2. J.T. Grein, The Sunday Special (12 January 1902)
  3. New York Times (31 October 1905)
  4. New York Times (31 October 1905)
  5. Manitoba Free Press (1 May 1907)
  6. Glasgow News (11 April 1913)
  7. Birmingham Gazette (28 July 1925)
  8. The Times (29 September 1925)

Appendix D: Prostitution in Victorian England

  1. From The Unknown Mayhew: Selections from the Morning Chronicle, 1849-50
  2. From James Miller, Prostitution Considered in Relation to Cause and Cure (1859)
  3. From Parliamentary Papers, 1865, XX, Children’s Employment Commission
  4. From William Acton, Prostitution Considered in its Moral, Social, and Sanitary Aspects (1870)
  5. From Alfred S. Dyer, The European Slave Trade in English Girls (1882)
  6. From An Act to Make Further Provision for the Protection of Women and Girls [The Criminal Law Amendment Act] (1890)
  7. FromGeneral [William] Booth, In Darkest England and the Way Out (1890)
  8. From Clementina Black, Married Women’s Work (1915)

AppendixE: Incest

  1. From the Old Testament: Leviticus 18.6-18
  2. From the House of Lords Debate on the Incest Bill (16 July 1903)
  3. From the House of Commons Debate on the Incest Bill (26 June 1908)
  4. From An Act to Provide for the Punishment of Incest (1908)

Appendix F: Censorship of the Stage

  1. From An Act for Regulating Theatres, (1843)
  2. A Memorandum from the Lord Chamberlain to the Examiner of Plays (1895)
  3. “The Censorship of Plays,” The Times (29 October 1907)
  4. From the Reportfrom the Joint Select Committee of the House of Lords and the House of Commons (1909)

Appendix G: Vivie Warren’s Cambridge

  1. Petitions and Resolutions on Degrees for Women (1896-97)
  2. From the Senate Debate on Degrees for Women (March 1897)
  3. The May 1897 Riots
  4. An Undergraduate at Newnham College (1896-99)

Appendix H: The New Woman

  1. From Grant Allen, “Plain Words on the Woman Question,” Fortnightly Review (October 1889)
  2. From Sarah Grand, “The New Aspect of the Woman Question,” North American Review (March 1894)
  3. From Alys W. Pearsall Smith, “A Reply from the Daughters,” Nineteenth Century (March 1894)

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Mrs Warrens Profession 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The play works well as a diatribe against the injustices faced by working women, the inequality of job opportunities, and a debate on 'sin' and honest living. However, the characters are unlikeable, the dialogue forced and the outcome ridiculous. As a piece of writing, Shaw's writing will never fail - as a play, however, it does not suit its genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well-done play. Loved it.