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All About Eve: Testing the Miltonic Formula

All About Eve: Testing the Miltonic Formula When I was invited to give a talk at a plenary session of this conference, I chose a topic that I not only deemed appropriate to the theme of the proceedings but that I was certain would provide a slight "frisson" owing to the inevitable introduction of sexuality. I was going to talk on Bernard Shaw and positive eugenics with its attendant sexual implications. I so informed Professor Gillespie and had at the ready such social and sexual radicals as Havelock Ellis from whom to draw my information. Further, to make and prove the case, I found a letter from Shaw to Herbert Brewer, a socialist who declared himself a "eugenicist by profession and a postal clerk by accident," and appeared to have been inspired to have discovered eugenics through voracious reading in Shaw and H. G. Wells. I discovered in Daniel Kevles's book on eugenics a playful letter from Shaw to Brewer, written in January 1937, containing the following intriguing reflection: "When I, who have no children, and couldn't be bothered with them, think of all the ova I might have inseminated!!! And of all the women who could not have tolerated me in the house for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png SHAW The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies Penn State University Press

All About Eve: Testing the Miltonic Formula

SHAW The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies , Volume 23 (1)

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Abstract

When I was invited to give a talk at a plenary session of this conference, I chose a topic that I not only deemed appropriate to the theme of the proceedings but that I was certain would provide a slight "frisson" owing to the inevitable introduction of sexuality. I was going to talk on Bernard Shaw and positive eugenics with its attendant sexual implications. I so informed Professor Gillespie and had at the ready such social and sexual radicals as Havelock Ellis from whom to draw my information. Further, to make and prove the case, I found a letter from Shaw to Herbert Brewer, a socialist who declared himself a "eugenicist by profession and a postal clerk by accident," and appeared to have been inspired to have discovered eugenics through voracious reading in Shaw and H. G. Wells. I discovered in Daniel Kevles's book on eugenics a playful letter from Shaw to Brewer, written in January 1937, containing the following intriguing reflection: "When I, who have no children, and couldn't be bothered with them, think of all the ova I might have inseminated!!! And of all the women who could not have tolerated me in the house for

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SHAW The Annual of Bernard Shaw StudiesPenn State University Press

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