George Bernard Shaw

(1856 - 1950)

His first four novels having been rejected by British publishers, George Bernard Shaw wrote polemics for the left-wing, idealistic Fabian Society in the 1880s before finding steady work as a London music critic. In 1905, at the age of forty-eight, Shaw achieved international success with his play John Bull’s Other Island when it was given a bespoke performance for Edward VII.

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Home is the girl’s prison and the woman’s workhouse.

- George Bernard Shaw,1903


The first known “laboratory rat” was used in 1828 in an experiment about fasting. Guinea pigs have been put to scientific use since the 1780s, when Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier measured their heat production. The first recorded usage of guinea pig to liken a person or a thing to a test subject was in 1891, by George Bernard Shaw in his book The Quintessence of Ibsenism.

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