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Heartbreak House : A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes

By Shaw, George Bernard

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Book Id: WPLBN0000678780
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Heartbreak House : A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes  
Author: Shaw, George Bernard
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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Excerpt: Heartbreak house is not merely the name of the play which follows this preface. It is cultured, leisured Europe before the war. When the play was begun not a shot had been fired; and only the professional diplomatists and the very few amateurs whose hobby is foreign policy even knew that the guns were loaded. A Russian playwright, Tchekov, had produced four fascinating dramatic studies of Heartbreak House, of which three, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, and The Seagull, had been performed in England. Tolstoy, in his Fruits of Enlightenment, had shown us through it in his most ferociously contemptuous manner.


 

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