George Bernard Shaw
George Carr Shaw and Lucinda Elizabeth Gurly marry.
26 July: GBS born.
GBS leaves school, becomes a clerk.
Juvenile literary collaboration with Matthew Edward McNulty.
Mother emigrates to London.
Emigrates to London in March.
Does ghostwriting, begins visits to the British Museum.
My Dear Dorothea and Passion Play (latter was unfinished).
Completes Immaturity, first novel, and tries work at the Edison Telephone Company.
Begins addressing audiences at Zetetical Society. Writes second novel, The Irrational Knot. Meets Sidney Webb.
Becomes a vegetarian. Begins third novel. Contracts smallpox.
Completes third novel, Love Among the Artists.
Completes fourth novel, Cashel Byron’s Profession. Competes in amateur boxing championships. Reads Karl Marx. Writes fifth novel, An Unsocial Socialist.
Joins Fabian Society. Abortive dramatic collaboration with William Archer. A serialized Unsocial Socialist attracts the attention of William Morris.
Father dies. Begins affair with Jenny Patterson. "Mystic Betrothal" to May Morris. Begins writing book reviews for the Pall Mall Gazette (to December 1888).
Writes art criticism for The World (through November 1890).
Intimate friendship with Annie Besant. Speaks and marches in socialist demonstration on Bloody Sunday, in Trafalgar Square.
Havelock Ellis invites a contribution to his Contemporary Science series. Involved with numerous women. Much work as a journalist, and a Fabian speaker.
Writes music criticism as "Corno di Bassetto" in The Star (through May 1890). Edits Fabian Essays, writes two.
Meets Florence Farr. Music critic "G.B.S." in The World (through August 1894).
The Quintessence of Ibsenism.
Completes Widowers’ Houses (begun 1884).
Ends affair with Jenny Patterson. Writes The Philanderer, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (banned by censor).
Completes Arms and the Man, writes Candida.
Writes The Man of Destiny. A Degenerate’s View of Nordau (revised as The Sanity of Art, 1908).
Writes theater criticism for The Saturday Review.
Maintains “paper courtship” with Ellen Terry.
Meets Charlotte Payne-Townshend. Completes You Never Can Tell, writes The Devil’s Disciple.
Elected vestryman, St. Pancras ward.
Health breaks down. Marries Charlotte Payne-Townshend. Defends George Bedborough, who was arrested for selling copies of Havelock Ellis' Sexual Inversion. Writes The Perfect Wagnerite, Caesar and Cleopatra.
Convalesces, writes Captain Brassbound’s Conversion.
Writes The Admirable Bashville.
Completes Man and Superman (published 1903).
Writes John Bull’s Other Island, How He Lied to Her Husband.
Writes Major Barbara.
Writes The Doctor’s Dilemma.
Completes Getting Married.
Writes The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (banned by censor), Press Cuttings (banned by censor), The Fascinating Foundling, Misalliance.
Writes The Dark Lady of the Sonnets.
Completes Fanny’s First Play.
Writes Androcles and the Lion; writes Pygmalion; infatuated with his Eliza, Mrs. Patrick Campbell; writes Overruled.
Mother dies. Writes Great Catherine.
Common Sense About the War appears.
Writes playlets The Inca of Perusalem, O’Flaherty, V.C.
Begins Heartbreak House.
Completes Heartbreak House (published 1919), writes Augustus Does His Bit, Annajanska.
Back to Methuselah (published 1921).
Sister Lucinda Frances dies.
Completes translation and adaptation of Jitta’s Atonement, drama by Siegfried Trebitsch, his German translator.
Meets T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).
Writes Saint Joan. T.E. Lawrence calls himself T.E. Shaw.
Edits Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence, published 1926.
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (for 1925).
Completes The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism.
Writes Apple Cart. Protests censorship of Radclyffe Hall’s lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness.
Vacations with Gene Tunney on Italian isle of Brioni. Addresses the International Congress of the World League for Sexual Reform.
Collected edition of works appears.
Visits Russia, meets Josef Stalin, Maxim Gorki, Konstantin Stanislavsky. Meets Mahatma Gandhi. Writes Too True to Be Good.
Writes and publishes The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, a fable.
First visit to America. Writes Village Wooing, On the Rocks.
Writes The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles, The Millionairess, The Six of Calais.
Writes Geneva (final revision 1947), Cymbeline Refinished.
Edits Oscar Wilde, by Frank Harris.
Wins Academy Award for the screenplay of Pygmalion (for 1938). Completes In Good King Charles’s Golden Days.
Charlotte Shaw dies.
Publishes Everybody’s Political What’s What? a labor of several years.
Completes Buoyant Billions.
Writes Farfetched Fables.
Writes Shakes Versus Shaw. Publishes Sixteen Self Sketches.
Writes Why She Would Not to celebrate his ninety-fourth birthday. Works on Bernard Shaw’s Rhyming Picture Guide to Ayot Saint Lawrence. Dies 2 November.