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SHAW, George Bernard.

The Doctor's Dilemma.

Getting Married & The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet.

London: Constable & Company Ltd, 1911 Stock Code: 126578
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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Shaw to his Italian agent and translator Antonio Agresti on the half-title: "To Antonio Agresti from G. Bernard Shaw 23rd. Feb. 1911". The titular work was one of many plays of Shaw's that Agresti translated before his death, helping Shaw to reach an Italian audience. Agresti had been partly chosen by Shaw as his translator for his anarchist beliefs, and he was a member of anarchist circles in both London and in Italy.

Shaw stated that he wrote The Doctor's Dilemma to meet a challenge from his friend William Archer, a theatre critic, who claimed that Shaw could only be regarded as a supreme dramatist when he had written a play about death. The resultant work, a satire on the British medical profession in the early 20th century, remains widely regarded as a key work in Shaw's canon and in the fictional literature on medical ethics. The other two plays in the collection were first performed in 1908 and 1909 respectively and are here also published for the first time.

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Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt.


Light wear to extremities, spine sunned, a few marks to cloth and endpapers, blue crayon to rear pastedown. A good copy.


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