Abstract

This article examines how Idlewild, the huge mansion of Sir Robert Ho Tung, reflects the Shavian paradoxes on philanthropy, inheritance, and legacies in Buoyant Billions. The Shaws visited Sir Robert at Idlewild on 13 February 1933 during their Empress of Britain world tour. The Chinese shrine inside the luxurious residence becomes the Chinese temple setting in Buoyant Billions, and Sir Robert, the famous Hong Kong industrialist and philanthropist, is the prototype of Bill Buoyant. This article recounts Shaw’s Hong Kong visit to illustrate his unique perspective on money and its relation to the Life Force and Creative Evolution.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1480
Print ISSN
0741-5842
Pages
pp. 164-185
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-25
Open Access
No
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