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George Bernard Shaw, also known as GB Shaw was a playwright, novelist, political activist and a critic of the arts all rolled into one. Born in Dublin on 26 July 1856, George Bernard Shaw would have been celebrating his 161st birthday today. His contribution in the world of literature still resonates in western media and politics.
George Bernard Shaw is perhaps the first person in the world to be awarded both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award, He received Nobel Prize in 1925 (“Pygmalion”) for his contribution to literature. In 1938, he was awarded the Academy Award (Best Adapted Screenplay) for the film adaptation of his play Pygmalion. He wrote more than 60 plays that spans 36 volumes between 1930 and 1950. His highly esteemed works of journalism, essays, novels and short stories has been acclaimed all over the world.
George Bernard Shaw was also co-founder of the London School of Economics. His views were often contentious and this is why his work on various topics - war, religion, class and feminism — is as relevant today as they were during his lifetime. He died on November 2, 1950 at the age of 94.
If there's one thing that needs to be said about George Bernard Shaw, it was his intellectual depth of ideas, opinions and his popular sayings. Let's celebrate his birthday with these 10 famous George Bernard Shaw quotes.
Happy Birthday George Bernard Shaw!
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