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Major Barbara

By Shaw, George Bernard

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Reproduction Date: 2012

Title: Major Barbara  
Author: Shaw, George Bernard
Language: English
Subject: Dramatic Works, Comedy, Play
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Publisher: LibriVox Audio Books


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Bernard Shaw, B. G. (1907). Major Barbara. Retrieved from

George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara focuses on the family of aristocratic Lady Britomart Undershaft and her estranged husband Andrew, a millionaire armaments manufacturer. Their daughters Sarah and Barbara are both engaged to be married, and Lady Britomart decides to ask Andrew for monetary support. Barbara is a Major in the Salvation Army, and agrees to let her father visit the mission in the East End of London where she works. In exchange, she agrees to visit his munitions factory. The conflict between Barbara's philanthropic idealism and her father's hard-headed capitalism clash when he decides he wants to fund the Salvation Army. Shaw's comedy, as always, delves into political and social issues of the period, and provides a roster of finely- and humorously-drawn characters. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

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Comedy, Play, Politics


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