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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Chapter Summary & Analysis - "Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House" (1959) Summary

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"Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House" (1959) Summary and Analysis

"Everything about the play is queer, even its production history." Vidal thus introduces one of George Bernard Shaw's lesser-known works, Heartbreak House, a brilliant failure that nonetheless entertains as it attempts to overthrow by proxy the British ruling class of pre-1914. Shaw himself confessed that he didn't know how to end his play until he came up with the idea of dropping a bomb."Yet it is not the residents of Heartbreak House or their first-born who get blown up; only a businessman and a burglar expiate the folly and worthlessness of...what? Not Heartbreak House; capitalism, perhaps," Vidal says.

Shaw began writing Heartbreak House in 1913 although he did not publish it until 1919. The play was finally produced in 1920 in New York before it made its way to the...

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