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Shaw on "Augustus Does His Bit"
In January of 1917 as World War I continued to rage, Shaw was invited to Flanders by the Commander-in-Chief himself. As he prepared for the journey Shaw's short play "Augustus Does His Bit" was performed by the Stage Society. As GBS put it in his introduction to the printed version of the play: "I have always been treated with distinguished consideration in my contracts with bureaucracy during the war; but on this occasion I found myself persona grata in the highest degree. There was only one word when the formalities were disposed of; and that was 'We are up against Augustus all day.' ... Their problem was how to win the war with Augustus on their backs, well-meaning, brave, patriotic, but obstructively fussy, self-important, imbecile, and disastrous." Shaw harbored no illusions that his satirical portrayal of Augustus brought about any change. He wrote, "...Augustus stood like the Eddystone in a storm, and stands so to this day. He gave us his word that he was indispensable and we took it."
DID YOU KNOW? Shaw is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938 -- for his work on the film adaptation of his play Pygmalion).
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