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Pygmalion

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of The Nature of Change and other themes related to Pygmalion:


Fiction
Gilbert, W.S. Pygmalion and Galatea: A Mythological Comedy in Three Acts. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Co., 1903. Galatea tells her husband, Pygmalion, that while she is gone, he should confide in a statue he has made, and he does. But when the statue comes to life, she turns the family upside down. (easy)

O'Connor, Flannery. "Revelation." The Complete Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971. Mrs. Turpin's very fixed ideas about class and manners in the South are called into question. (challenge)

Russell, Willy. "Educating Rita." Educating Rita, Stags & Hens and Blood Brothers: Two Plays and a Musical. UK: Methuen, 1986. A Cockney ladies' hairdresser goes to the Open University to get an education and discover herself. She and her tutor both get an education. (challenge)


Nonfiction
Berst, Charles A. Pygmalion: Shaw's Spin on Myth and Cinderella. New York: Twayne, 1995. An up-to-date reading of the play. (challenge)

Matthews, William. Cockney Past and Present: A Short History of the Dialect of London. Detroit: Gale Research, 1970. An entertaining history that students can sample from. (average)

Shaw, Bernard. Shaw on Language. Ed. Abraham Tauber. New York: Philosophical Library, 1963. A collection of Shaw's writings on language, with helpful explanations by Tauber and Sir James Pitman. (average)