Stanley Weintraub Just to stir things up seems a great reward in itself. --Caius Sallustius Crispus Caius Sallustius Crispus is a mysterious and subtle signifier in Bernard Shaw's writings. as Sallust, the Roman political philosopher appears in only one early work, Shaw's last completed novel--and there only as the hideaway address of the hero. Shaw's fifth novel was An Unsocial Socialist, an apparently foreshortened effort suggesting that he had found more congenial avenues for his ideas. Originally titled The Heartless Man, the novel was drafted in Pitman shorthand at a desk in his informal university, the domed Reading Room of the British Museum, which he later claimed offered all the writerly benefits of socialism--public access to its facilities. Largely dialogue-based, An Unsocial Socialist foreshadows his plays, especially Man and Superman, which also focuses upon an attractive, compulsive and moneyed young gentleman given to radical polemics and susceptible to the wiles of women. Shaw finished his rewrite, in 336 handwritten pages, in December 1883. He had intended a longer and more polemical work, he later claimed, but possibly he had wearied of the split personality hobbling his hero, who is both reformer and charlatan, vagabond and mountebank, wooer and
SHAW The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: Sep 17, 2013
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