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Crimes and Punishments and Bernard Shaw


Part of the Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries book series (BSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 1-10
  3. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 11-17
  4. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 19-34
  5. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 35-52
  6. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 53-68
  7. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 69-80
  8. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 81-100
  9. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 101-156
  10. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 157-220
  11. Bernard F. Dukore
    Pages 221-232
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 233-243

About this book


This book analyzes the interaction of crimes, punishments, and Bernard Shaw in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It explores crimes committed by professional criminals, nonprofessional criminals, businessmen, believers in a cause, the police, the Government, and prison officials. It examines punishments decreed by judges, juries, colonial governors, commissars, and administered by the police, prison warders, and prison doctors. It charts Shaw's view of crimes and punishments in dramatic writings, non-dramatic writings, and his actions in real life. This book presents him in the context of his contemporaries and his world, inviting readers to view crimes and punishments in their context, history, and relevance to his ideas in and outside his plays, plus the relevance of his ideas to crimes and punishments in life.


Capital punishment American War of Independence Prostitution American Revolution Saint Joan Man and Superman Bernard Shaw Edwardian England Victorian England Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain Police Brutality Capital Punishment American War of Independence Irish Rising Easter 1916 Sir Roger Casement Circumventing the law The Devil’s Disciple Pygmalion Saint Joan Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

About the authors

Bernard F. Dukore is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts and Humanities at Virginia Tech, USA. He has directed plays and written numerous books and articles on modern drama, theatre, and cinema. His most recent books are Bernard Shaw: Slaves of Duty and Tricks of the Governing Class (2012) and Shaw’s Theater (2000).

Bibliographic information


“A compelling, almost addictive read, it becomes progressively more gruesome, as Dukore progresses through the seamy side of life and society with relentless moral determination.” (Anne wright, The Shavian, Vol. 14 (1), 2018)​

“The purpose of Crimes and Punishments and Bernard Shaw was to provide ‘gateways’ that will ‘permit the reader to encounter [Shaw’s] drama and ideas in a fresh context.’ It has superbly fulfilled that purpose and will likely stand as the definitive treatment of this important topic.” (Michel Pharand, SHAW The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, Vol. 358 (02), 2018)