Mrs. Warren's Profession

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: The Floating Press


Category: Drama

Page: 122

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Read the controversial play that caused an international sensation when it was first performed. George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession takes a frank and matter-of-fact look at the world's oldest profession and makes an explicit link between the second-class citizenship that has been foisted upon women for thousands of years and the persistence of prostitution as an occupation.

Mrs Warren's Profession

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Broadview Press


Category: Drama

Page: 246

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One of Bernard Shaw’s early plays of social protest, Mrs Warren’s Profession places the protagonist’s decision to become a prostitute in the context of the appalling conditions for working class women in Victorian England. Faced with ill health, poverty, and marital servitude on the one hand, and opportunities for financial independence, dignity, and self-worth on the other, Kitty Warren follows her sister into a successful career in prostitution. Shaw’s fierce social criticism in this play is driven not by conventional morality, but by anger at the hypocrisy that allows society to condemn prostitution while condoning the discrimination against women that makes prostitution inevitable. This Broadview edition includes a comprehensive historical and critical introduction; extracts from Shaw’s prefaces to the play; Shaw’s expurgations of the text; early reviews of the play in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain; and contemporary contextual documents on prostitution, incest, censorship, women’s education, and the “New Woman.”

The Author's Apology from Mrs. Warren's Profession

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC


Category: History

Page: 68

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

Mrs. Warren's Profession - A Play in Four Acts

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Bente Press


Category: Drama

Page: 140

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Kitty and Vivie Warren in G.B. Shaws "Mrs. Warren's Profression" - Different Women Struggling for the Same Aim

Author: Jasmin Ostermeyer

Publisher: GRIN Verlag


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 9

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: very good, University of Hannover (English Seminar), language: English, abstract: In 1894 George Bernard Shaw wrote a play about prostitution called ”Mrs Warren’s Profession”. In Queen Victoria’s days it was forbidden to stage the play by censorship because of the shown decay and all the public theatres did not dare it. In 1902 a private theatre company that often staged forbidden plays in those days – the Stage Society – decided to perform it.1 But there is not only the aspect of prostitution dealt with in Shaw’s play. This essay will look into the relationship of Mrs Kitty Warren and her daughter Vivie, two totally different women who try to cope with life. For this reason their different ways of life shall be described and they shall be characterised. Afterwards their concepts of life will be compared and the conflict between mother and daughter will be examined. But the essay will not only contrast the two women but also show the similarities between them. 1 Shaw, George Bernard: Preface of Mrs Warren’s Profession. In: Plays Unpleasant. Harmondsworth: Penguin.1975. pp.181-182.

Mrs. Warrens Profession

Author: Bernard Shaw




Page: 42

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The play is a pure tragedy about a permanent and quite plain human problem; the problem is as plain and permanent, the tragedy is as proud and pure, as in OEDIPUS or MACBETH. - G.K. Chesterton, GEORGE BERNARD SHAW Completed in 1893, Shaw was forced to wait nine years before seeing his work on stage-in a private club. Its subject the Lord Chamberlain declared unsuitable for public performance. Mrs. Warren's profession is that of co-owner and operator of a string of brothels, a profession she has learned from the ground up. The tragedy reveals Mrs. Warren's path to her seemingly successful present and the resulting emotional confrontation with her daughter, who has discovered the truth of her absentee mother's past. The playwright's focus, however, is the reality of Mrs. Warren's story in the lives of thousands of English women who have chosen prostitution over poverty, abuse, hunger, and exploitation and danger in a dead-end factory job. MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION caused a sensation in 1905 when after a public performance in New York, its cast was arrested and the play was forced to close after one performance for violating city obscenity laws. Twenty years later it was finally performed in public in London.