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Outwitting Destiny: The Artist as Superman

Outwitting Destiny: The Artist as Superman If environment, circumstance, and heredity are determining factors, then Bernard Shaw should have lived and died a clerk chained to his office desk at 15 Molesworth Street, Dublin, where he labored unhappily as an adolescent. Instead he became the second greatest playwright in the English language. Beyond the well-known facts, who was Shaw and what was the connection between the life and the art? It is the peculiar spinning out of the life history, the weaving of the personal life myth that fascinates, and yet it is the realm of everyday life that offers a pathway into secret spheres, including the labyrinthine psyche of the great creative artist. Certainly life and art are not to be equated, but the two are intimately connected. That particular drama of wit and energy, vision and purpose, could only have been brought forth by the playwright Bernard Shaw living the life he lived. Shaw's life shows the triumph of the artistic and aesthetic over the vulgar and conventional. Far more profoundly, it shows the triumph of the intellectual and the moral over the emotional and psychological. I wish to suggest the nature of Shaw's struggle and triumph by outlining a portion of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png SHAW The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies Penn State University Press

Outwitting Destiny: The Artist as Superman

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

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If environment, circumstance, and heredity are determining factors, then Bernard Shaw should have lived and died a clerk chained to his office desk at 15 Molesworth Street, Dublin, where he labored unhappily as an adolescent. Instead he became the second greatest playwright in the English language. Beyond the well-known facts, who was Shaw and what was the connection between the life and the art? It is the peculiar spinning out of the life history, the weaving of the personal life myth that fascinates, and yet it is the realm of everyday life that offers a pathway into secret spheres, including the labyrinthine psyche of the great creative artist. Certainly life and art are not to be equated, but the two are intimately connected. That particular drama of wit and energy, vision and purpose, could only have been brought forth by the playwright Bernard Shaw living the life he lived. Shaw's life shows the triumph of the artistic and aesthetic over the vulgar and conventional. Far more profoundly, it shows the triumph of the intellectual and the moral over the emotional and psychological. I wish to suggest the nature of Shaw's struggle and triumph by outlining a portion of

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SHAW The Annual of Bernard Shaw StudiesPenn State University Press

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