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George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw's brilliant, searing wit and deep concern for social reform are so prominent in his plays that an adjective reflecting both his personality and his work was coined--Shavian. Born in Dublin, Shaw moved to London in 1876. He helped found the Fabian society, a socialist reform organization. After gaining prominence as a music and drama critic, he began writing plays. Pygmalion, written in 1912, was an immediate success and remains his most popular play. In 1925 Shaw won the Nobel prize for Literature.