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Masters of Misbehavior
Readings with Music Dealing with the Wicked Side of Life
Coming up on May 9: Marriage a la Carte
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Shaw and Marriage...
Shaw's own relationship with women: In his early years in London, Shaw seems to have done his own share of philandering, but his attitude toward sex developed into one of one of disgust.
In 1898 he married Charlotte Payne-Townsend, an Anglo-Irish heiress and a feminist. They never had any children, as they had agreed to avoid sex, believing it interfered with their work and intellectual pursuits. Nevertheless, the marriage was a happy one.
During his life, Shaw carried on platonic flirtations with several prominent ladies, most notably the actresses Ellen Terry and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. These relationships produced a considerable amount of very witty correspondence. The letters of Shaw and Mrs. Campbell are the substance of the play Dear Liar.
Quotes from the preface to GETTING MARRIED:
"The truth which people seem to overlook in this matter is that the marriage ceremony is quite useless as a magic spell for changing in an instant the nature of the relations of two human beings to one another....Even the most affectionate couple must have moments during which they are far more conscious of one another's faults than of one another's attractions."
"Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is to a cockatoo."
From GETTING MARRIED:
"If you will only make marriage reasonable and decent, you can do as you like about divorce."
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