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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw Summary

Read the play that became the film My Fair Lady “I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion In George Bernard Shaw's classic drama, Pygmalion, Professor Henry Higgins transforms a low-class flower-seller into a lady, all through changing the way she speaks. This funny, romantic and thought-provoking play is a classic work that should be read by all fans of Eliza Doolittle. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

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Pygmalion by Charles A. Berst Summary

Presents a critical introduction to Shaw's classic drama, covering characterization, plot, symbolism, and setting.

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Pygmalion by George Shaw,Christopher Morse Summary

This enchanting tale of Eliza Doolittle's transformation from Cockney flower girl into elegant lady under the guidance of cantankerous linguist Henry Higgins has been a hit with audiences since it was first performed in 1913. The play skillfully blends social satire, philosophical wit, a heated battle of the sexes, and what is perhaps the greatest platonic romance ever committed to paper. Pygmalion's musical incarnation, My Fair Lady, remains a Broadway staple. The original play is actually funnier than the musical, and its story and characters are more fully developed. The play is also much easier and less expensive for acting companies to produce. The only reason Pygmalion is not performed more often is its ponderous length: almost three hours, extended by intermissions. This seamless abridgment trims the excess from G. B. Shaw's often-verbose script while retaining all of its wit and charm. The result is a leaner, livelier Pygmalion which is less demanding of performers and more entertaining for their audiences. The cast has been reduced to twelve roles (4M, 6F, 2 either), with some doubling possible. The royalty-free script lends itself to modest-budget productions and is easily adapted as a staged reading. Pygmalion, like fine wine, gets better with age. This artful adaptation by an award-winning playwright makes Shaw's classic accessible to the widest possible audience.

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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw Summary

The story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can successfully pass off a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as a refined society lady by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette. In the process, Higgins and Eliza grow close, but she ultimately rejects his domineering ways and declares she will marry Freddy Eynsford-Hill - a young, poor, gentleman.

Pygmalion (Illustrated)

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"Ever since Pygmalion opened in London in April 1914 it has proved a very controversial play, from the (then) shocking language, to arguments about its correct ending. Critical interpretations have been similarly disputatious, encompassing views of the transformation of the impoverished Eliza Doolittle by phonetics expert Henry Higgins as either a story of economic and social liberation, or an example of the perpetuation of male control and self-interest." This new edition of Pygmalion includes George Bernard Shaw's definitive text, with both Preface and Sequel, and provides the most comprehensive scholarly treatment of the play to date.

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Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw,Frederick Loewe,Alan Jay Lerner Summary

Professor Higgins succeeds in transforming an unkempt London flower girl into a society belle

CliffsNotes on Shaw's Pygmalion & Arms and the Man

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CliffsNotes on Shaw's Pygmalion & Arms and the Man by Marilynn O Harper,James K Lowers Summary

In Pygmalion, Shaw presents the classical story of a professor who transforms a girl of the lower class into an elegant creature, who then falls in love with him—unfortunately in love, that is. Set in Bulgaria, Arms and the Man satirizes romantic attitudes about love and war. Raina, the heroine, falls in love with a cowardly, chocolate-loving enemy soldier during an unnamed war. After the war, her fiance challenges her new admirer to a duel, loses heart, and proposes to the maid instead.

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Pygmalion Bernard Shaw by Bernard Shaw Summary

In 1912 Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw completed his new five-act comedy Pygmalion, introducing theatre-goers to Eliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins, Colonel Pickering and the boisterous street life of London's Covent Garden. Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. He bets his friend he can transform Eliza's speech, manners, dress and ideas. In six months she will pass as a duchess. Higgins succeeds. Eliza is transformed into elegance. But, to Higgins' frustration, plucky Eliza won't be manipulated by him and she steals the show...The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women's independence. The play opened in the West End, at His Majesty's Theatre Haymarket, on 11 April 1914. It rapidly became a theatrical tour de force. Audiences were delighted. Pygmalion has been imitated ever since, including a 1938 film version with Leslie Howard, the 1956 Broadway musical My Fair Lady and 1964 Hollywood film, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

Changing Gender Roles and the Pygmalion Motif – Shaw’s "Pygmalion" and the Musical "My Fair Lady" in their contexts

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Changing Gender Roles and the Pygmalion Motif – Shaw’s "Pygmalion" and the Musical "My Fair Lady" in their contexts by Catharina Kern Summary

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Bayreuth, language: English, abstract: Pygmalion is one of the most famous comedies of all times. Its mythological background is fascinating as the topic is still up to date. This is why it has influenced many artists to use the story for their works. Besides Ovid’s version in his Metamorphoses that very closely sticks to the original of Greek mythology and G. B. Shaw’s one that, although he changes the frame and the plot of Pygmalion, he still holds on to the idea of the original story, there is for example Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s melodrama Pygmalion (1770), Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s poem Pygmalion (1767) and Franz von Suppé’s operetta Die Schöne Galathee (1865). The mythological background, though, is not the only reason why the story of Pygmalion has attracted that many artists and is that popular. It is the diversity of its themes and actions. There is for example a love story, a criticism of society, many different characters that are interesting in each way, changes in individual personalities and so on. . . . In a way he also forms a woman after his ideas and taste. This point of shaping a woman is present in both, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and G. B. Shaw’s Pygmalion. However, the most important difference between them is the woman’s behaviour. While in mythology Galatea is only a passive character, in Shaw’s Pygmalion Eliza is active from the beginning on and influences the play’s stream and action. She takes her destiny into her own hands and one could speak of an emancipated woman. As emancipation was a major topic and drastically developed during the Victorian era, one could argue whether the description of women in literature actually reflects society’s attitude towards them in the era in which this literature was written. For this reason I will elaborate the role of women in Victorian society in general and in Pygmalion in specific. Furthermore I would like to compare the play Pygmalion, which was staged for the first time in 1913, to the musical My fair lady which was released in 1956. The difference in time promises a difference in the reception of the story and it is probable that the changes in society between 1913 and 1956 are reflected in those two versions.Especially the role of women changed in those years. Therefore the focus of my thesis will be these transforming ideas concerning women in the Victorian age and the 1950’s by means of Pygmalion and My fair lady.

Readings on Pygmalion

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Readings on Pygmalion by Gary Wiener Summary

A thematic examination of Shaw's play offers a biographical overview of the author, critical essays by varied experts, and a discussion of concurrent historical events.

Pygmalion and Three Other Plays

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Pygmalion and Three Other Plays by Bernard Shaw Summary

Pygmalion and Three Other Plays , by George Bernard Shaw , is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics : New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Hailed as “a Tolstoy with jokes" by one critic, George Bernard Shaw was the most significant British playwright since the seventeenth century. Pygmalion persists as his best-loved play, one made into both a classic film--which won Shaw an Academy Award for best screenplay--and the perennially popular musical My Fair Lady . Pygmalion follows the adventures of phonetics professor Henry Higgins as he attempts to transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a refined lady. The scene in which Eliza appears in high society with the correct accent but no notion of polite conversation is considered one of the funniest in English drama. Like most of Shaw's work, Pygmalion wins over audiences with wit, a taut morality, and an innate understanding of human relationships. This volume also includes Major Barbara , which attacks both capitalism and charitable organizations, The Doctor's Dilemma , a keen-eyed examination of medical morals and malpractice, and Heartbreak House , which exposes the spiritual bankruptcy of the generation responsible for the bloodshed of World War I. John A. Bertolini is Ellis Professor of the Liberal Arts at Middlebury College, where he teaches dramatic literature, Shakespeare, and film. He has written The Playwrighting Self of Bernard Shaw and articles on Hitchcock, and British and American dramatists. Bertolini also wrote the introduction and notes to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Shaw's Man and Superman and Three Other Plays .

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The Pygmalion Effect

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The Pygmalion Effect by Victor I. Stoichita Summary

Pygmalion's sculpture, which the gods endowed with life, marks, according to this book, perhaps the first instance in Western art of an image that exists on its own terms, rather than simply imitating something else. Stoichita delivers this image and its avatars from the shadow cast by art that merely replicates reality.

Versions of Pygmalion

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Versions of Pygmalion by Uci Distinguished Professor Emeritus J Hillis Miller,Joseph Hillis Miller Summary

Discusses the ethics of writing and reading fiction, the creation and action of characters, and works by Henry James, Melville, Heinrich von Kleist, and Maurice Blanchot

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Pygmalion by Shaw G. Summary

Пигмалион – одно из величайших произведений Джорджа Бернарда Шоу. Это история простой цветочницы Элизы Дулиттл, которая решила стать настоящей леди, обратившись за помощью к вздорному и высокомерному профессору лингвистики. Тот берётся научить Элизу правильному произношению и избавиться от её кокни-акцента. Остроумная комедия показывает искусственность различия социальных классов и обнаруживает, что говорить, как леди – не то же самое, что быть ею. Читайте зарубежную литературу в оригинале!

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Pygmalion by Thomas Woolner Summary

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Pygmalion by Shaw,Bernard Shaw Summary

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The Pygmalion Effect

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The Pygmalion Effect by Jeremy Blanchette Summary

The Pygmalion Effect takes place in the year 2104 CE when genetically-enhanced intelligence has split the world into two classes, the rich and the poor. The young protagonist, Corbin, lives on the burned out streets of Boston, barely scraping by for food and shelter. Through manipulation, infiltration, and pure genius, he must fight back against the system and try to dismantle a massive plot aimed at killing his people in an attempt to cleanse the world of all non-enhanced beings.