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Heartbreak House: A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes (Penguin Classics) By George Bernard Shaw

Heartbreak House: A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes (Penguin Classics)
by George Bernard Shaw

This play is centred around the eccentric household of Captain Shotover where, at a house-party, the main topic of debate is one young woman's decision to marry for money rather than love.

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


When Ellie Dunn joins a house-party at the home of the eccentric Captain Shotover, she causes a stir with her decision to marry for money rather than love, and the Captain's forthright daughter Hesione protests vigorously against the pragmatic young woman's choice. Opinion on the matter quickly divides and a lively argument about money and morality, idealism and realism ensues as Hesione's rakish husband, snobbish sister and Ellie's fiance - a wealthy industrialist - enter the debate. Written between 1916 and 1917 as war raged across Europe, Heartbreak House is a telling indictment of the generation responsible for the First World War. With its bold combination of high farce and bitter tragedy, Shaw's play remains an uncannily prophetic depiction of a society on the threshold of an abrupt awakening.

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GOR001594456
Heartbreak House: A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes (Penguin Classics)
George Bernard Shaw
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2000-06-29
176
0140437878
9780140437874
N/A
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