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


George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950, Playwright

Won Academy Award for screenplay of Pygmalion in 1938.

Taken from Biography in Context

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Reference books

These books are located in the Reference collection (2nd floor) of the main library.

These works might help you with ideas on themes, give you a recap of the plot & characters and many contain critical essays, use these resources!

*Hint: use either title or author to find the information

Drama for Students  (includes author biography, plot summary, characters, themes, styles, compare & contrast, criticism)
REF PN1701 .D73

Twentieth Century Literature Criticism (TCLC)
REF PN 771 T86 (see vol.45)

George Bernard Shaw
An excellent source-includes sections on Eliza's Growth and Higgins' Stagnation, Eliza, Clara, and Class Antagonisms, The Film Version of Pygmalion, Shaw and the Social System plus critical essays.
REF PR5367 .G43 2000

Critical Survey of Drama
REF PN1625 .C68 2003

Magills Survey of Cinema
REF PN1993.45 .M3

REF PN 44 M33

Cyclopedia of Literary Characters
REF PN 44 M36 1963


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