List of works by George Bernard Shaw

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The following is a list of works by George Bernard Shaw The first section shows works in chronological sequence as written, the second tabulates these works by genre. In addition to the works listed here, Shaw produced a large quantity of journalism and criticism, particularly in his role as a music and theatre critic. These items are not included in the lists, except for the collections which Shaw himself supervised and which were published during his lifetime; these appear in the brief third section. Other collections of Shaw's journalism and correspondence, and editions of his plays, have been published since his death but again are not listed here.

Contents

The main source is the chronology provided by the International Shaw Society. [1] Items not covered by the chronology are separately cited. Items marked ‡ are works published anonymously by or for the Fabian Society, where Shaw's authorship was later confirmed by the Society. Except where indicated, the publication year is that of first publication.

Chronological list

Date writtenTitleYear first performed (plays)Year of publication
1878The Legg Papers (abandoned draft of novel)unpublished [2]
1878"My Dear Dorothea..."1906
1878Passion Play (fragment)1971
1879Immaturity (novel)1930
1880The Irrational Knot (novel)serial 1885–7; book 1905
1881Love Among the Artists (novel)serial 1887–8; book 1900
1882 Cashel Byron's Profession (novel)serial 1885–6; book 1886; rev 1889, 1901
1883An Unsocial Socialist (novel)serial 1884; book 1887
1884"A Manifesto" (Fabian tract 2)‡1884 [3]
1884Un Petit Drame (playlet)1959
1884–92 Widowers' Houses (play)18931893; rev. 1898
1885"The Miraculous Revenge" (short story)1906 [n 1]
1885To provident landlords and capitalists (Fabian tract 3)‡1885 [3]
1887The true radical programme (Fabian tract 6: Shaw a contributor)‡1887 [3]
1887–88An Unfinished Novel (novel fragment)1958
1889Fabian Essays in Socialism (ed. Shaw with 2 Shaw essays)1889; rev. 1908, 1931, 1948
1890What socialism is (Fabian tract 13)‡1890 [3]
1890"Ibsen" (Lecture before the Fabian Society1970
1891The Quintessence of Ibsenism (criticism)1891; rev. 1913
1892Fabian election manifesto (Fabian tract 40)‡1892 [3]
1892The Fabian Society: what it has done, and how it has done it (Fabian tract 42)‡1892 rev. 1899 [3]
1892"Vote! Vote!! Vote!!!" (Fabian Tract 43)‡1892 [3]
1893The Impossibilities of Anarchism (Fabian tract 45)‡1892 [3]
1893 The Philanderer (play)19051898
1893 Mrs Warren's Profession (play)19021898, rev. 1930
1893–94 Arms and The Man (play)18941898, rev. 1930
1894A Plan of Campaign for Labor (incorporating "To Your Tents, O Israel") (Fabian tract 49)‡1894 [3]
1894 Candida (play)18971898, rev. 1930
1895 The Man of Destiny (play)18971898, rev. 1930
1895The Sanity of Art (art criticism)1895, rev. 1908
1895–96 You Never Can Tell (play)18991898, rev. 1930
1896Fabian report and resolutions to the IS and TU Congress (Fabian tract 70)‡1896 [3]
1896 The Devil's Disciple (play)18971901, rev. 1904
1898 The Perfect Wagnerite (music criticism)1898, rev. 1907
1898 Caesar and Cleopatra (play)19011901, rev. 1930
1899 Captain Brassbound's Conversion (play)19001901
1900Fabianism and The Empire: A Manifesto (ed. Shaw)1900
1900Women as councillors (Fabian tract 93)‡1900 [3]
1901Socialism for millionaires (Fabian tract 107)‡ )1901 [3]
1901The Admirable Bashville (play)19021901
1901–02 Man and Superman incorporating Don Juan in Hell (play)19051903; rev. 1930
1904Fabianism and the fiscal question (Fabian tract 116)‡1904 [4]
1904 John Bull's Other Island (play)19041907; rev. 1930
1904 How He Lied to Her Husband (play)19041907
1904The Common Sense of Municipal Trading (social commentary)1908
1905 Major Barbara (play)19051907; rev. 1930, 1945
1905 Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction (play)19051905
1906 The Doctor's Dilemma (play)19061911
1907 The Interlude at the Playhouse (playlet)19071927
1907–08 Getting Married (play)19081911
1907–08Brieux: A Preface (criticism)1910
1909 The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (play)19091911; rev. 1930
1909 Press Cuttings (play)19091909
1909 The Glimpse of Reality (play)19271926
1909 The Fascinating Foundling (play)19281926
1909 Misalliance (play)19101914; rev. 1930
1910Socialism and superior brains: a reply to Mr. Mallock (Fabian tract 146)1926 [4]
1910 The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (play)19101914
1910–11 Fanny's First Play (play)19111914;
1912 Androcles and the Lion (play)19131916
1912 Overruled (play)19121916
1912 Pygmalion 19131916; rev. 1941
1913 Beauty's Duty (playlet)1932
1913 Great Catherine: Whom Glory Still Adores (play)19131919
1913–14 The Music-Cure (play)19141926
1914Common Sense about The War (political commentary)1914
1914The Case for Belgium (pamphlet)1914 [5]
1915 The Inca of Perusalem (play)19161919
1915 O'Flaherty V.C. (play)19171919
1915More Common Sense about The War (political commentary)unpublished
1916 Augustus Does His Bit (play)19171919
1916–17 Heartbreak House (play)19201919
1917Doctors’ Delusions; Crude Criminology; Sham Education (compilation)1931
1917 Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress (play)19181919
1917How To Settle The Irish Question (political commentary)1917
1917What I Really Wrote about The War (political commentary)1931
1918–20 Back to Methuselah (play)19221921; rev. 1930, 1945
1919Peace Conference Hints (political commentary)1919
1919Ruskin's Politics (lecture of 21 November 1919)1921
1920–21 Jitta's Atonement (play, adapted from the German)19231926
1923 Saint Joan (play)19231924
1925Imprisonment (social commentary)1925; rev. 1946 as The Crime of Imprisonment
1928 The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism 1928; rev. 1937
1928 The Apple Cart (play)19291930
1929The League of Nations (political commentary)1929 [6]
1930Socialism: Principles and Outlook, and Fabianism (Fabian tract 233)1929 [6]
1931Pen Portraits and Reviews (criticism)1931
1931–34 The Millionairess (play)19361936
1932 The Adventures of the Black Girl In Her Search for God (story)1932
1932Essays in Fabian Socialism (reprinted tracts with 2 new essays)1932 [6]
1932The Rationalization of Russia (political commentary)1964 [7] [8]
1933The Future of Political Science in America (political commentary)1933
1933 Village Wooing (play)19341934
1933 On The Rocks (play)19331934
1934 The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles (play)19351936
1934 The Six of Calais (play)19341936
1934Short Stories, Scraps, and Shavings (stories & playlets)19341934
1936 Arthur and the Acetone (playlet)19361936
1936 Cymbeline Refinished (play)19371938
1936 Geneva (play)19381939; rev. 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947
1936–47 Buoyant Billions (play)19481949
1937–38 Pygmalion (film screenplay, with co-writers) [9] 19381941 [10]
1938–39 In Good King Charles's Golden Days (play)19391939; rev. 1947
1939Shaw Gives Himself Away: An Autobiographical Miscellany1939
1944Everybody’s Political What's What (political commentary)1944
1948 Farfetched Fables (play)19501951
1948The RADA Graduates' Keeepsake and Counsellor (RADA handbook)1948 [11] [12]
1949Sixteen Self Sketches (revision of Shaw Gives Himself Away)1949
1949 Shakes versus Shav (puppet play)19491950
1950 Why She Would Not (play)19571960
1950Rhyming Picture Guide to Ayot Saint Lawrence1950

Works listed by genre

Dramatic works

Date writtenTitleYear first performedYear of publication
1878Passion Play (fragment)unperformed
1884Un Petit Drame (playlet)unperformed
1884–92 Widowers' Houses 18931893; rev. 1898
1893 The Philanderer 19051898
1893 Mrs Warren's Profession 19021898, rev. 1930
1893–94 Arms and The Man 18941898, rev. 1930
1894 Candida 18971898, rev. 1930
1895 The Man of Destiny 18971898, rev. 1930
1895–96 You Never Can Tell 18991898, rev. 1930
1896 The Devil's Disciple 18971901, rev. 1904
1898 Caesar and Cleopatra 19011901, rev. 1930
1899 Captain Brassbound's Conversion 19001901
1901The Admirable Bashville19021901
1901–02 Man and Superman incorporating Don Juan in Hell19051930
1904 John Bull's Other Island 19041907; rev. 1930
1904 How He Lied to Her Husband 19041907
1905 Major Barbara (play)19051907; rev. 1930, 1945
1905 Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction 19051905
1906 The Doctor's Dilemma 19061911
1907 The Interlude at the Playhouse (playlet)19071927
1907–08 Getting Married 19081911
1909 The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet 19091911; rev. 1930
1909 Press Cuttings 19091909
1909 The Glimpse of Reality 19271926
1909 The Fascinating Foundling 19281926
1909 Misalliance 19101914; rev. 1930
1910 The Dark Lady of the Sonnets 19101914
1910–11 Fanny's First Play 19111914;
1912 Androcles and the Lion 19131916
1912 Overruled 19121916
1912 Pygmalion 19131916; rev. 1941
1913 Beauty's Duty (playlet)unperformed1932
1913 Great Catherine: Whom Glory Still Adores 19131919
1913–14 The Music-Cure 19141926
1915 The Inca of Perusalem 19161919
1915 O'Flaherty V.C. 19171919
1916 Augustus Does His Bit 19171919
1916–17 Heartbreak House 19201919
1917 Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress 19181919
1918–20 Back to Methuselah 19221921; rev. 1930, 1945
1920–21 Jitta's Atonement (adapted from the German)19231926
1923 Saint Joan 19231924
1928 The Apple Cart 19291930
1931–34 The Millionairess 19361936
1933 Village Wooing 19341934
1933 On The Rocks 19331934
1934 The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles 19351936
1934 The Six of Calais 19341936
1936 Arthur and the Acetone (playlet)19361936
1936 Cymbeline Refinished 19371938
1936 Geneva 19381939; rev. 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947
1936–47 Buoyant Billions 19481949
1936 Cymbeline Refinished 19371938
1937–38 Pygmalion (film screenplay, with co-writers) [9] 19381941 [10]
1938–39 In Good King Charles's Golden Days 19391939; rev. 1947
1948 Farfetched Fables 19501951
1949 Shakes versus Shav (puppet play)19491950
1950 Why She Would Not 19571960

Political writings

Date writtenTitleYear of publication
1884"A Manifesto" (Fabian tract 2)‡1884 [3]
1885To provident landlords and capitalists (Fabian tract 3)‡1885 [3]
1887The true radical programme (Fabian tract 6: Shaw a contributor)‡1887 [3]
1889Fabian Essays in Socialism (ed. Shaw with 2 Shaw essays)1889; rev. 1908, 1931, 1948
1890What socialism is (Fabian tract 13)‡1890 [3]
1892Fabian election manifesto (Fabian tract 40)‡1892 [3]
1892The Fabian Society: what it has done, and how it has done it (Fabian tract 42)‡1892 rev. 1899 [3]
1892"Vote! Vote!! Vote!!!" (Fabian Tract 43)‡1892 [3]
1893The Impossibilities of Anarchism (Fabian tract 45)‡1892 [3]
1894A Plan of Campaign for Labor (incorporating "To Your Tents, O Israel") (Fabian tract 49)‡1894 [3]
1896Fabian report and resolutions to the IS and TU Congress (Fabian tract 70)‡1896
1900Fabianism and The Empire: A Manifesto (ed. Shaw)1900 [3]
1900Women as councillors (Fabian tract 93)‡1900 [3]
1901Socialism for millionaires (Fabian tract 107)‡ )1901 [3]
1904Fabianism and the fiscal question (Fabian tract 116)‡Fabian Tracts: 1902-18
1904The Common Sense of Municipal Trading (social commentary)1908
1910Socialism and superior brains: a reply to Mr. Mallock (Fabian tract 146)1926 [4]
1914Common Sense about The War (political commentary)1914
1914The Case for Belgium (pamphlet)1914 [5]
1915More Common Sense about The War (political commentary)unpublished [13]
1917How To Settle The Irish Question (political commentary)1917
1917What I Really Wrote about The War (political commentary)1931
1919Peace Conference Hints (political commentary)1919
1919Ruskin's Politics (lecture of 21 November 1919)1921
1925Imprisonment (social commentary)1925; rev. 1946 as The Crime of Imprisonment
1928 The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism 1928; rev. 1937
1929The League of Nations (political commentary)1929 [6]
1930Socialism: Principles and Outlook, and Fabianism (Fabian tract 233)1929 [6]
1932Essays in Fabian Socialism (reprinted tracts with 2 new essays)1932 [6]
1932The Rationalization of Russia (political commentary)1964 [7] [8]
1933The Future of Political Science in America (political commentary)1933
1933 The Political Madhouse in America and Nearer Home (lecture)1933
1944Everybody’s Political What's What (political commentary)1944

Fiction

Date writtenTitleYear of publication
1878The Legg Papers (abandoned draft of novel)unpublished [2]
1879Immaturity (novel)1930
1880The Irrational Knot (novel)serial 1885–7; book 1905
1881Love Among the Artists (novel)serial 1887–8; book 1900
1882 Cashel Byron's Profession (novel)serial 1885–6; book 1886; rev 1889, 1901
1883An Unsocial Socialist (novel)serial 1884; book 1887
1885"The Miraculous Revenge" (short story)1906
1887–88An Unfinished Novel (novel fragment)1958
1932 The Adventures of the Black Girl In Her Search for God (story)1932
1934Short Stories, Scraps, and Shavings (stories & playlets)1934

Criticism

Date writtenTitleYear of publication
1895The Sanity of Art (art criticism)1895, rev. 1908
1898 The Perfect Wagnerite (analysis, Wagner's Ring cycle)1898, rev. 1907
1890"Ibsen" (Lecture before the Fabian Society1970
1891The Quintessence of Ibsenism (criticism)1891; rev. 1913
1907–08Brieux: A Preface (criticism)1910
1931Pen Portraits and Reviews (criticism)1931

Miscellaneous writings

Date writtenTitleYear of publication
1878"My Dear Dorothea..."1906
1939Shaw Gives Himself Away: An Autobiographical Miscellany1939
1948The RADA Graduates' Keeepsake and Counsellor (RADA handbook)1948 [11] [12]
1949Sixteen Self Sketches (revision of Shaw Gives Himself Away)1949
1950Rhyming Picture Guide to Ayot Saint Lawrence1950

Collections published in Shaw's lifetime

TitleYear of publication
Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant: (Unpleasant: Widowers' Houses, The Philanderer and Mrs Warren's Profession. Pleasant: Arms and the Man, Candida, The Man of Destiny, You Never Can Tell.)1898
Three Plays for Puritans ( The Devil's Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, Captain Brassbound's Conversion)1901
Dramatic Opinions and Essays: (theatre criticism, Saturday Review 1895-98)1906
Translations and Tomfooleries: (collection of short plays, including Jitta's Atonement; The Admirable Bashville; Press Cuttings; The Glimpse of Reality; Passion, Poison, and Petrification; The Fascinating Foundling; The Music-Cure)1926 [14]
Our Theatres in the Nineties: (theatre criticism, Saturday Review 1895-98)1932
Music In London: (music criticism, Star 1888–89; World 1890-94)1937

Notes and references

Notes

  1. Published in W.B. Yeats's Irish miscellany The Shanachie, 1906 [2]

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