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Bernard Shaw as Artist-Fabian
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Charles Carpenter provides a new perspective on one of the most puzzling questions faced by Shaw scholars: how to reconcile the artist's individualist leanings with his socialist Fabian ideals. He does so by viewing Shaw as a maverick whose approach was impossible to duplicate and grew out of his unique artistic temperament, his outlook, and his vocation.

Shaw's activities in promoting the Fabians' goals of advancing social democracy were highly distinctive. He effectively used calculated irritation as an attention-getting tactic; he relied on devices that he had formulated as a creative rhetorician, rather than on the academic principles that were second nature to most of his fellow Fabians; and he devised and championed the use of indirect means to "persuade the world to take our ideas into account in reforming itself."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. 1. The Emergence of Shaw as a Fabian Activist
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 2. The Roots of Shaw’s Distinctive Fabianism
  2. pp. 10-22
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  1. 3. “Educate”
  2. pp. 23-40
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  1. 4. “Permeate”
  2. pp. 41-75
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  1. 5. “Irritate”
  2. pp. 76-86
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 87-89
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 91-103
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  1. Sources Consulted
  2. pp. 105-111
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 113-115
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