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This guide will help students explore themes and locate literary criticism on the play Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw.

Book Cover

Book cover of Pygmalion


Also check out: Pygmalion's Wordplay: The Postmodern Shaw

by Jean Reynolds

PR5363 .P83 R49 1999 General (3rd floor)

George Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion ebook

A free electronic copy of Pygmalion is available through Project Gutenberg. Scroll down to choose the format you wish to download.


Another free electronic copy can be found at Bartleby

Az Republic article on accents

Take a look at this Az Republic article (9/12/10) that discusses how the state is trying to eliminate accents in local Arizona school teachers.

Could you tie this into My Fair Lady or Pygmalion?

"A Prounounced Difference"

Finding Literary Criticism

When you search these resources you will find essays, biographies, journal, magazine & newpaper articles.
Suggested databases or electronic resources:

Literature Resource Center  LRC is our premier full-text literature resource. Do a "works", "person" or "basic" search (Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, Bernard Shaw)

Academic Search Premier An excellent resource for literary criticism (for example "My Fair Lady and criticism").

Academic OneFile Another good resource for finding articles and essays on your topic (e.g. "Pygmalion and (criticism or analysis)").

Masterfile Premier A smaller resource but it contains lots of fulltext articles (e.g. "Pygmalion and social class").

Biography in Context  A one stop shop for succinct biographies.

You can access these resources from home.
You will be asked to login using your MEID and password.

electronic books

Search the web catalog for books available within the Community College district

Search EBSCO ebook collection (ebooks)

Search Credo Reference (online encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies & more)

Google Book Search

How to find books written about Pygmalion

You will probably want to search for books within the entire Maricopa Community College system. This will give you much better results.

You can request books from any of the other colleges by clicking on "Request Item" once you have found a book you want. You will need your MEID and your pin number (last 4 digits of your phone number). Visit or call the circulation desk if you have trouble with your pin number. 480-461-7680

It takes about 3-5 days; pick up your books on the 1st floor at the Circulation desk.

Click here to search for books in the entire MCCD system

From home

You can access electronic books from home.

You will be asked to login with your MEID & password.

Don't know your MEID or your password? Go here.