Pygmalion: a Romance in Five Acts (Paperback)
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Short Description for Pygmalion Shaw's dramatization of a Cockney flower girl's metamorphosis into a lady is both a fantasy and a platform for his views on social class, money and women's independence.
- Published: 04 February 2003
- Format: Paperback 144 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780141439501 ISBN 10: 0141439505
- Sales rank: 11,051
Full description for Pygmalion
Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own.