Mrs. Warren's Profession

Mrs Warren s Profession An unabridged edition of the four acts to include the complete author s apology written prior to the play s first performance at the New Lyric Club London

  • Title: Mrs. Warren's Profession
  • Author: George Bernard Shaw
  • ISBN: 9781603863728
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • An unabridged edition of the four acts, to include the complete author s apology written prior to the play s first performance 1902 at the New Lyric Club, London.

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  • George Bernard Shaw

    George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co founder of the London School of Economics Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama Over the course of his life he wrote than 60 plays Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes palatable In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.An ardent socialist, Shaw was angered by what he perceived to be the exploitation of the working class He wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles For a short time he was active in local politics, serving on the London County Council.In 1898, Shaw married Charlotte Payne Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived They settled in Ayot St Lawrence in a house now called Shaw s Corner He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature 1925 and an Oscar 1938 The former for his contributions to literature and the latter for his work on the film Pygmalion adaptation of his play of the same name Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright, as he had no desire for public honours, but he accepted it at his wife s behest She considered it a tribute to Ireland He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.Shaw died at Shaw s Corner, aged 94, from chronic health problems exacerbated by injuries incurred by falling.


  • Getting Biblical about this, should the sins of the fathers be visited upon the children unto the tenth generation? Does this apply to mothers too? Or shall we be a bit more modern and forgiving about it? The daughter in this play took the hard Biblical line and applied it to her mother too, cutting her off from all contact when she found out that her extremely privileged youth and expensive education as a lawyer had been paid for by her mother's hard work first on her back and secondly running [...]

  • #7 of my 2018 Shaw ProjectShaw's Mrs Warren's Profession was banned for nearly 30 years by a Lord Chamberlain who condemned it for being "immoral and improper." It has lost none of its edginess these past 125 years.Mrs Warren's Profession is a complex comedy - not your typical satire or farce, instead a character driven story focused on the relationship between Vivie and Mrs. Warren. Complex in the sense that any of the older men mentioned in the play could be her father ~~ it's a harsh reality [...]

  • Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1883) was first collected in Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, where Shaw classifies it as one of his “unpleasant” plays. And, boy, is Shaw ever right.Partly, this is because of the theme of the play: women are drawn into prostitution because of economic necessity, not because of a defect of moral character or the consequences of a disastrous love affair. This in itself is an uncomfortable truth for a Victorian audience, guaranteed to make ‘em squirm in their seats [...]

  • Read a playI know that this play is a classic and there are a lot of people who like it. It just didn't do it for me. I thought it was boring and pretentious, and I literally hated every single character in it. Basically the plot centers around a middle-aged Mrs. Warren and her young adult daughter, Vivie. Mrs. Warren, or Kitty as many gentlemen call her, was absent for much of Vivie's childhood, and Vivie grew up a bit resentful and very independent. She studied hard and went to college, and ha [...]

  • George Bernard Shaw was ahead of his time, and this play was banned when it was written (1893). It exposes the hypocrisy of a society that condemns those who are not chaste, but does little to assuage the poverty that leaves some women few alternatives to survive (similar territory to JB Priestly's "The Inspector Calls", set less than 20 years later). Equally controversially, it makes a strident case for women's emancipation in general, whilst retaining Shaw's peppering of acerbic wit (Wilde wit [...]

  • The Oldest Profession 26 January 2018 – Kuala Lumpar Fortunately I have discovered that there are a couple of versions of this play on Youtube, one of them having been viewed over twenty-five thousand times (I believe that it is a performance), so when I have a bit more time, since I am currently out and about in Kuala Lumpar at this present moment, I'll sit down and watch it, and maybe write a more detailed blog post of the play. However, at this present time I'll simply write this review bas [...]

  • My favorite Bernard Shaw play for one reason, Vivie.The plot deftly explores some taboo subjects of the time through Mrs. Warren and her family and male friends back in England. Mrs. Warren’s former occupation was as a high end prostitute and her current occupation is as a madam of several brothels around Europe. Several of the men, former lovers of Mrs. Warren, are suitors for Vivie, Mrs. Warren’s adult daughter who do did not inherit Mrs. Warren’s great looks. So it gets a little awkward [...]

  • Of the Shaw I read in my short stint as a dramaturg, this was my favorite. It bears all his hallmarks: feisty women choosing between an artist and a businessman, a basic farcical British romance plot, a hypocritical priest, lots of quipping about philosophy, and attempts to make the characters vivid and surprising.At the latter task, he succeeds more in this book than in any of the others, truly turning the form of the light comedy on its head and committing to Ibsenesque realism. He still captu [...]

  • Any play by George Bernard Shaw deserves a careful reading of his extended introduction, his introductions always clarifying his intent and motivation in writing the particular play he is presenting. This present introduction is no exception, and without a knowledge of his perceptions and goals the reader will find the play much less satisfying.Mrs. Warren is a brothel keeper, the part-owner of a string of brothels across Europe from which she derives the income that has enabled her daughter Viv [...]

  • We get a more vivid picture of Shaw's style of social commentary-- again, there are no true protagonists and all characters are to blame (since they all belong in a certain spot in this aformentioned society). The men circle Mrs. Warren's daughter like sharks-- they are crazy post-Victorians who treat the "elephant in the room" (in this case, prostitution) as a mere triviality. It is not as witty as say, O. Wilde, but it exposes great truths in hyper-articulate strings of dialogue. I really enjo [...]

  • Shaw may or may not have become my favourite playwriter! Very forward for its time, it deals with issues that are taboo even to this day, let alone the 19th century.

  • Yet again a powerful play by Shaw wherein he makes an attempt to contradict the society’s norms and people’s hypocrisy towards it . In ‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’ Shaw shows how a mother’s profession turns a daughter’s life upside down. Vivie (the daughter) is a highly educated woman, who wants to lead her life independently according to her own terms. She strongly believes in- simple living and high thinking, where as her mother Mrs Warren wants Vivie to flaunt her beauty and get h [...]

  • Typical Shaw! Amazing in its incisive insight into the bourgeoisie's hypocritical pretensions to moral goodness. Vivie Warren is a university educated young woman. She is unaware of the fact that her mother Mrs. Warren's profession was prostitution and that she is now the owner of several successfully running brothel houses. When she realizes the "shocking" truth, she boldly disowns her mother and her wealth. She wants to lead the life of an honest hardworking woman. What she fails to see is tha [...]

  • This play of Shaw's was controversial when it was first performed.A young woman, who has been well brought up and expensively educated by her well-to-do mother, finds out that her mother was a prostitute, then a madam. Mrs. Warren defends herself by telling her daughter that, given her limited opportunities, prostitution was the best option available to her. Society, by offering only starvation or the slavery of marriage to poor young women, conspired to make it so.This play is thought-provoking [...]

  • "I'm not a fool in the ordinary sense, only in the scriptural sense of doing all the things the wise man declare to be folly, after trying them himself in the most extensive scale." A young lady, well-learned has trouble coming to terms by the means in which she earned her education and living. A mother, well-meaning is estranged from her daughter over her profession Charming and witty. A very fine work!

  • Rereading Mrs Warren’s Profession after several years, the surprise was how little we would need to change it to play it in modern dress. A daughter, having consumed an expensive education, discovers that her natural mother is a vulgarian working on the fringes of society, and decides to ostracise her from then on. In variation, it is the same theme as Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, which did the same thing thirty years earlier with a son and his ex-criminal benefactor. We could repeat [...]

  • I thought of Shaw's play last week when reading Populärmusik från Vittula, Mikael Niemi's fine memoir of life in the extreme north of Sweden. In Mrs Warren, the action proceeds at a rather sedate pace. After an hour or two, it gradually becomes clear that Mrs Warren is a former prostitute who's turned respectable, and that the girl her son is keen on is in fact his half-sister. Tears, raised voices, shocked expressions all round.People in Pajala are better at this kind of thing. When Matti tur [...]

  • February 1, 2014:I read this play for the Modern British Drama class I'm taking at the university I attend. I found this one to be pretty interesting and I'm looking forward to reading more if Shaw's work.January 14, 2017:Re-reading this play 3 years later, to help my boyfriend get happily through a class where this is required reading. Found it strikingly similar to Widower's Houses in terms of the overall takeaway, despite the main characters of each having different stances at the end of each [...]

  • A really interesting read, especially if you're interested in moral ideas in the Victorian period. Great dialogue too and easy to read. I must read more by George Bernard Shaw!

  • A young woman faces a complicated family situation in a drama of social theories, hard facts, and wit for an old fashioned indictment of 19th century English social mores. Read for Modern Drama class

  • Not what I expected of the play at all, but loved reading it! Vivie really encapsulates everything the late Victorian concept of the New Woman stood for and I love it

  • Mrs. Warren's Profession is an engaging play that questions the conventional morality of the Victorian period with a question that still persists today, namely the moral status of participation in the practice of prostitution whether it is as a prostitute or brothel owner.The play is particularly fantastic due to the vividness of the characters and their personalities and, of course, the subject matter it explores. Vivie is immediately lovable and interesting to both the reader and the character [...]

  • I was surprised by how ahead of its time this play was. This is a play about a woman living in the Victorian age who every expects her to be a typical Victorian Woman by wanting to be married and live off of her husband's money. However, this is not how the Vivie, the protagonist, wants to live. She is a fresh from college, and sees life in a logical way not a romantic art way. She wants to live independently off of her own money she has worked hard for, only no one understands this. She is also [...]

  • I really think this play is too modern to be a 19th century work for drama. It's quite light but the themes are hefty and important, and they are still surprisingly controversial even to this day. A woman who broker her ties with society and poverty, and decided be the master of her sea, a young girl who refused to correspond to the orthodox stereotype of women of the Victorian age and chose self-independence over luxury and wealth, then the two rebels collided. I rejoice when I read such a mast [...]

  • Excellent play, but typo full of transcriptionsTypos first: after many contractions missing their apostrophes, it's almost amusing to see the noun "cant" spelled with one. (Among other kinds Is someone overusing spellcheck and not double-checking the result? Tsk.)As to the play, which I think I've read before back in 1990 or so: the preface should be included in readers on free speech and on theater history if it isn't already, while the play is unusual and effective.

  • This play, which is about a young person belonging to the first cohort of emancipated women in the British isles who makes an intelligence and principled decision, is tedious beyond belief when read. However, when staged it springs to life. The audience members hang on every word and then discuss the play in spirited terms when they depart after the final curtain for drinks or coffee.Do not read this book except to prepare yourself for a performance.

  • When George Bernard's play Mrs. Warren's Profession was first performed in London, there was great protest. Nice people should not see plays about the sexual slavery of young women. Even though the practice was rampant in London at the time. Shaw writes an eloquent play exploring the emotional effects of this horrible practice from all sides. I re-read again in 2005. I directed it in 2006.

  • Entertaining social commentary (albeit now dated) in the form a play about the causes of prostitution. Shaw's experiments with language and paradoxically (I say this because of the subject matter) feminist views merit significant thought.

  • It is a funny play about a madam of a house of prostitution that somehow manages not to use that word. I found this play to be highly entertaining, a view of a wierd family dynamic and how it comes apart. Shaw is rarely staged in the U. S. and this is a shame. I want to discover more by him.

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