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Love Among The Artists Paperback – 16 Aug 2012
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A spirited early novel of Shaw's, offering shrewd insight into the nature of the artistic temperament with inimitable wit and sparkle.
About the Author
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856, moving to London in 1876. His other written novels were IMMATURITY, THE IRRATIONAL KNOT, CASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION and AN UNSOCIAL SOCIALIST. In 1925 Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He refused a peerage and the Order of Merit from the first Labour Government. He died in 1950.
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The story is light, entertaining and a colorful characterisation of artists' life in the English Society.
Shaws generalistic understandig of art is reflected in the tale and especially by an insider-perspective on music and painting.
However the story lacks realistic authenticity to some degree: All artists are well-off and tremendously succesful or simply rich enough not to require artistic success. The plot is based on a lot of fantastic and incredibly constructed incidents, wich have nothing to do with reality. The characters are only as deep as neccessary, i.e. they remain pretty flat.
Nonetheless Shaw's language, his humour and his pointed dialogues make this novel a highly recommendable piece of great entertainment, even if it won't stand as one of the most brilliant diamonds of world literature.