George Bernard Shaw


1852

George Carr Shaw and Lucinda Elizabeth Gurly marry.

1856

26 July: GBS born.

1871

GBS leaves school, becomes a clerk.

1872

Juvenile literary collaboration with Matthew Edward McNulty.

1873

Mother emigrates to London.

1876

Emigrates to London in March.

1877

Does ghostwriting, begins visits to the British Museum.

1878

My Dear Dorothea and Passion Play (latter was unfinished).

1879

Completes Immaturity, first novel, and tries work at the Edison Telephone Company.

1880

Begins addressing audiences at Zetetical Society. Writes second novel, The Irrational Knot. Meets Sidney Webb.

1881

Becomes a vegetarian. Begins third novel. Contracts smallpox.

1882

Completes third novel, Love Among the Artists.

1883

Completes fourth novel, Cashel Byron’s Profession. Competes in amateur boxing championships. Reads Karl Marx. Writes fifth novel, An Unsocial Socialist.

1884

Joins Fabian Society. Abortive dramatic collaboration with William Archer. A serialized Unsocial Socialist attracts the attention of William Morris.

1885

Father dies. Begins affair with Jenny Patterson. "Mystic Betrothal" to May Morris. Begins writing book reviews for the Pall Mall Gazette (to December 1888).

1886

Writes art criticism for The World (through November 1890).

1887

Intimate friendship with Annie Besant. Speaks and marches in socialist demonstration on Bloody Sunday, in Trafalgar Square.

1888

Havelock Ellis invites a contribution to his Contemporary Science series. Involved with numerous women. Much work as a journalist, and a Fabian speaker.

1889

Writes music criticism as "Corno di Bassetto" in The Star (through May 1890). Edits Fabian Essays, writes two.

1890

Meets Florence Farr. Music critic "G.B.S." in The World (through August 1894).

1891

The Quintessence of Ibsenism.

1892

Completes Widowers’ Houses (begun 1884).

1893

Ends affair with Jenny Patterson. Writes The Philanderer, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (banned by censor).

1894

Completes Arms and the Man, writes Candida.

1895

Writes The Man of Destiny. A Degenerate’s View of Nordau (revised as The Sanity of Art, 1908).

1895-1898

Writes theater criticism for The Saturday Review.

1895-1900

Maintains “paper courtship” with Ellen Terry.

1896

Meets Charlotte Payne-Townshend. Completes You Never Can Tell, writes The Devil’s Disciple.

1897

Elected vestryman, St. Pancras ward.

1898

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.

1899

Convalesces, writes Captain Brassbound’s Conversion.

1901

Writes The Admirable Bashville.

1902

Completes Man and Superman (published 1903).

1904

Writes John Bull’s Other Island, How He Lied to Her Husband.

1905

Writes Major Barbara.

1906

Writes The Doctor’s Dilemma.

1908

Completes Getting Married.

1909

Writes The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (banned by censor), Press Cuttings (banned by censor), The Fascinating Foundling, Misalliance.

1910

Writes The Dark Lady of the Sonnets.

1911

Completes Fanny’s First Play.

1912

Writes Androcles and the Lion; writes Pygmalion; infatuated with his Eliza, Mrs. Patrick Campbell; writes Overruled.

1913

Mother dies. Writes Great Catherine.

1914

Common Sense About the War appears.

1915

Writes playlets The Inca of Perusalem, O’Flaherty, V.C.

1916

Begins Heartbreak House.

1917

Completes Heartbreak House (published 1919), writes Augustus Does His Bit, Annajanska.

1918-1920

Back to Methuselah (published 1921).

1920

Sister Lucinda Frances dies.

1921

Completes translation and adaptation of Jitta’s Atonement, drama by Siegfried Trebitsch, his German translator.

1922

Meets T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).

1923

Writes Saint Joan. T.E. Lawrence calls himself T.E. Shaw.

1924

Edits Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence, published 1926.

1926

Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (for 1925).

1927

Completes The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism.

1928

Writes Apple Cart. Protests censorship of Radclyffe Hall’s lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness.

1929

Vacations with Gene Tunney on Italian isle of Brioni. Addresses the International Congress of the World League for Sexual Reform.

1930-1938

Collected edition of works appears.

1931

Visits Russia, meets Josef Stalin, Maxim Gorki, Konstantin Stanislavsky. Meets Mahatma Gandhi. Writes Too True to Be Good.

1932

Writes and publishes The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, a fable.

1933

First visit to America. Writes Village Wooing, On the Rocks.

1934

Writes The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles, The Millionairess, The Six of Calais.

1936

Writes Geneva (final revision 1947), Cymbeline Refinished.

1938

Edits Oscar Wilde, by Frank Harris.

1939

Wins Academy Award for the screenplay of Pygmalion (for 1938). Completes In Good King Charles’s Golden Days.

1943

Charlotte Shaw dies.

1944

Publishes Everybody’s Political What’s What? a labor of several years.

1947

Completes Buoyant Billions.

1948

Writes Farfetched Fables.

1949

Writes Shakes Versus Shaw. Publishes Sixteen Self Sketches.

1950

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.

 

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