‘Who I Am, and What I Think’
From G. Bernard Shaw, ‘Who I Am, and What I Think’, Candid Friend, 11 May 1901. Extracts from a continuation in the following week’s issue may be found below, pp. 95–6. The editor, Frank Harris, introduced the piece thus: ‘I asked Mr Shaw to tell me of the formative influences of his life and career, and sent him, at his request, a series of questions, some of which he has answered.’ Harris became closely acquainted with Shaw when he employed him as a dramatic critic on the Saturday Review from 1895 to 1898 (see below, p. 90), and it is not surprising to find him exploiting Shaw‘s reputation in the second and third issues of his new magazine. Revised and abridged versions of the Candid Friend interview were published in two later autobiographical works: Shaw Gives Himself Away (London: Gregynog Press, 1939) and Sixteen Self Sketches (London: Constable, 1949).
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