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Pygmalion

ByGeorge Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion is a 1912 play by George Bernard Shaw. 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. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women's independence. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion was the creator of a statue which came to life and was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story in 1871, called Pygmalion and Galatea. Shaw also would have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw's play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and the film of that name.Finally, and for encouragement of people troubled with accents.

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Publication Date
Mar 5, 2014
Language
English
ISBN
9781304911735
Category
Entertainment
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
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By (author): George Bernard Shaw

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EPUB

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