"the Unpleasant Plays of Bernard Shaw"
George Bernard Shaw (1925)
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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish writer best known as a playwright, although he was also a novelist and short-story writer.

Three of his plays: Widowers' Houses (1892), Mrs Warren's Profession (1893) and The Philanderer (1898) were published in one volume in 1898, under the title Plays Unpleasant.

All three of these plays dealt with major social issues of the day and may be viewed as critiques of a capitalist, patriarchal society. The latter two, in particular, aroused a fair amount of controversy and were subjected to censorship.