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This is a list of George Bernard Shaw's writings.

Novels

Title¹ Written Printed First Publisher Link
Immaturity 1879 1930 (Ltd. Ed.), 1931 (Std. Ed.) Constable and Company, Ltd., London
*
The Irrational Knot 1880 1885-7 (Serial); 1905 (Book) Our Corner (Annie Besant's Socialist Magazine) [1]
Love Among the Artists 1881 1887-8 (Serial); 1932 (Book) Our Corner (Annie Besant's Socialist Magazine) [2]
Cashel Byron's Profession 1882 1885-6 (Serial); 1901 (Book) To-Day (Henry Hyde Champion's Socialist periodical) [3]
An Unsocial Socialist 1883 1884 (Serial); 1887 (Book) To-Day (Henry Hyde Champion's Socialist periodical) [4]

¹All of the novels are included in The Standard Edition of the Works of Bernard Shaw;
a collection published by Constable and Company, Limited (London)


Plays

Title Written Premiere Printed Remarks Links
Passion Play
1878
  
 
Obscure fragment
 
Un Petit Drame
1884
 
1958
One act playlet
 
Widower's Houses
1892
1892
1893
First successful play
[5]
The Philanderer
1893
 
1898
Woman hunts; man is the prey.
[6]
Mrs. Warren's Profession
1894
1895
1898
Created public uproar because prostitution was realistically discussed
[7]
Arms and the Man
1894
1894
1898
In war and love, pragmatism beats bravado.
[8]
Candida
1895
1897
1898
A woman chooses the man who needs her
most over the one who loves her most
[9]
The Man of Destiny
1895
1899
1898
Cherchez la femme.
[10]
You Never Can Tell
1896
1896
1998
Comedy for comedy's sake
[11]
The Devil's Disciple
1897
1897
1901
A melodrama drawn from the American Revolution. Shaw's
only full-length play with a solely American locale.
[12]
The Gadfly: or The
Son of the Cardinal
 
1898
 
 
 
Caesar and Cleopatra
1898
1906
1901
The game is not romance but politics.
[13]
Captain Brassbound's Conversion
1899
1900
1901
The lady's trustfulness can melt any villain's heart.
[14]
The Admirable Bashville, or Constancy Unrewarded
1901
1903
1909
Derived from Cashel Byron's Profession but
not a stage version of that novel
[15]
Man and Superman
1903
1905
1903
Epic flight of a Socialist reformer hoping to escape a woman bent on marriage
[16]
Don Juan in Hell: Act III of Man and Superman
1903
1907
1903
A dream sequence revises the Don Juan legend;
it is often produced as a separate play.
[17]
John Bull's Other Island
1904
1904
1907
An Irishman's view of Edwardian England
[18]
How He Lied to Her Husband
1904
1904
1907
Satirizes Candida. The heroine, Aurora, strong
as to flesh, finds her spirit weak.
[19]
Major Barbara
1905
1905
1907
The online version includes the preface;
click on "Essay as First Aid to Critics"
[20]
Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction
1905
1905
1905
A one-act farce intended for cheap and easy productions
to benefit The Actors' Orphanage
[21]
The Doctor's Dilemma
1906
1906
1911
When the doctor can cure only one, either an artistic genius or a mundane but deserving friend, whom should he choose?
[22]
The Interlude at the Playhouse
1907
1907
1907
Extremely humorous one-scene playlet
[23]
Getting Married
1908
1908
1911
Matrimony from the Shavian point of view
[24]
The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. Sermon in crude melodrama
1909
1909
1911
Random acts of kindness help the world go down.
[25]
Press Cuttings
1909
1909
1909
Burlesques the conservative male reaction to the threat of Women's Suffrage
[26]
Fascinating Foundling: Disgrace to the author
1909
1928
1926
No in-laws, please!
[27]
The Glimpse of Reality
A Tragedietta
1909
1927
1926
Reality in the 14th century, perhaps.
[28]
Misalliance
1910
1910
1914
Supplement to Getting Married
[29]
The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
1910
1910
1914
Fundraiser to help establish National Theatre as memorial for Shakespeare
[30]
Fanny's First Play
1911
1911
1914
Shaw called it a "potboiler"
[31]
Androcles and the Lion
1912
1913
1914
Martyrdom for fun and profit
[32]
Overruled: A Demonstration
1912
1912
1916
Not an argument for or against polygamy
[33]
Beauty's Duty
1913
 
1934
There is no record of this playlet being staged.
[34]
Pygmalion
1912-13
1913
1914
From guttersnipe to great lady, with lingering regrets. The basis for the classic musical My Fair Lady.
[35]
Great Catherine
1913
1913
1919
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
[36]
The Music Cure
1913
1914
1926
Nonsense, Shaw called it.
[37]
O'Flaherty, V. C.
1915
1917
1920
For an Irishman, war is a respite from the stress of homelife.
[38]
The Inca of Perusalem
1916
1916
1919
An almost historical comedietta
[39]
Agustus Does His Bit
1916
1916
1919
Satirizes bureaucrats
[40]
Macbeth Skit
1916
 
1967
Published in Educational Theatre Journal (1967)
with an introduction by B. F. Dukore
 

Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress

1917
1918
1919
Revolutionary romancelet
[41]
Heartbreak House
1913-19
1920
1919
Fantasia in the Russian manner on English themes [42]
Back to Methuselah
A Metabiological Pentateuch
1918-20
1922
1921
«Preface» and 5 plays: «In the Beginning», «The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas», «The Thing Happens», «Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman» and « As Far as Thought Can Reach».
[43]

A Glimpse of the Domesticity of Franklin Barnabas.

1920
1960
1932
First version of Back to Methuselah's Act II
 
Jitta's Atonement
1922
1929
1926
Shaw's translation from German of a play by Siegfried Trebitsch
 
Saint Joan
1923
1923
1924
Shaw's soul shows between the lines
[44]
The Apple Cart
1929
1929
1930
The flaws in democracy explored.
[45]
Too True to Be Good
1931
1932
1932
Regarding the miseries of wealth.
[46]
Village Wooing
1933
1934
1934
Comedietta for two voices
[47]
On the Rocks
1933
1933
1934
Unrest during the Great Depression
[48]
The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles
1934
1935
1936
The Useful Will Be Spared
[49]
The Six of Calais
1934
1934
1936
No message, just a great story
[50]
The Millionairess
1934
1936
1936
Earning money is a talent
[51]
Arthur and the Acetone
1935
 
1936
Broad satire of bureaucracy
[52]
Cymbeline Refinished
1937
1937
1938
A revised Act V for Shakespeare's Cymbeline
[53]
Geneva
1938
1938
1939
A fancied page of history.
[54]
In Good King Charles's Golden Days
1939
1939
1939
A true history that never happened.
[55]
The British Party System
1944
Never
1944
This playlet is Chapter III of Everybody's Political What's What?
[56]
Buoyant Billions
1947
1949
1947
Comedy of no manners
[57]
Farfetched Fables
1948-50
1950
1951
Shaw's thoughts simplified
[58]
Why She Would Not
1950
 
 
Unfinished play. Shaw died while writing it.
[59]
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