Political Writings

ISBN : 9780198816591

George Bernard Shaw; Elizabeth Carolyn Miller
352 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Feb 2021
Oxford World's Classics
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  • This volume assembles a broad and comprehensive canon of Shaw's political prose, identifying the major political writings from a long and varied career of engagements.
  • The volume's detailed annotations fill in the gaps to give readers a comprehensive understanding of the political, economic, and cultural waters in which writers like Shaw swam.
  • The introduction offers an overview of Shaw's career as a political writer, explaining how each of the volume's selections fits into Shaw's evolving beliefs and political engagements. It offers an appraisal of Shaw's arguments today, highlighting where he was prophetic and what he overlooked.


A new collection of Shaw's major political writings presents an opportunity to reflect on his influential role as a public intellectual. At the forefront of economic and political debate from the 1880s to the 1950s, George Bernard Shaw was once the most widely read socialist writer in the English language, and his lifelong crusade against inequality and exploitation is far from irrelevant today. The thorough interpenetration of Shaw's literary and political engagements is an unusual story in modern literature, and this volume offers a portrait of Shaw as a political artist in the purest possible sense: that is, as a writer of essays, articles, pamphlets, and books with explicitly and expressly political aims. The selected writings in this volume showcase Shaw's most influential and most accomplished political work, but also provide a cross-section that is representative of the whole of his long career.



1:A Manifesto
2:Jevonian Criticism of Marx
3:Bluffing the Value Theory
4:Economics from Fabian Essays
5:What Socialism Is
6:Fabian Society - What it has done and how it has done it
7:Vote! Vote!! Vote!!!
8:The Impossibilities of Anarchism
9:Illusions of Socialism
10:Women as Councillors
11:Fabianism and the Empire
12:Socialism for Millionaires
13:Common Sense about the War
14:How to Settle the Irish Question
15:The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism
16:Socialism: Principles and Outlook
17:In Praise of Guy Fawkes
18:Everybody's Political What's What
19:The Unavoidable Subject
Note on the Text

About the author: 

George Bernard Shaw
Edited by Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, University of California
Elizabeth Carolyn Miller is a Professor of English at the University of California, Davis and a specialist in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century literature of the British Empire. She is the author of Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford UP, 2013), which was named Best Book of the Year from the North American Victorian Studies Association, and Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (Michigan UP, 2008). Recent editing projects include a special issue of Victorian Studies on “Climate Change and Victorian Studies,” and a co-edited collection titled Teaching William Morris (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2019). Her current book-in-progress, titled Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion, 1830s-1930s, has been supported with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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