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The Admirable Bashville

The Admirable Bashville by George Bernard Shaw
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"The Admirable Bashville" by George Bernard Shaw is a delightful read that delves into the themes of class, gender roles, and morality. The protagonist, Bashville, is a charming and resourceful servant who constantly outsmarts his social superiors. Shaw's witty dialogue and sharp social commentary make for a thought-provoking and entertaining read. The characters are well-developed and the plot is engaging, keeping readers hooked until the very end. Overall, "The Admirable Bashville" is a classic piece of literature that still resonates with audiences today, showcasing Shaw's talent for blending humor with social critique.

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The Admirable Bashville is a product of the British law of copyright. As that law stands at present, the first person who patches up a stage version of a novel, however worthless and absurd that version may be, and has it read by himself and a few confederates to another confederate who has paid for admission in a hall licensed for theatrical performances, secures the stage rights of that novel, even as against the author himself; and the author must buy him out before he can touch his own work for the purposes of the stage...As a good Socialist I do not at all object to the limitation of my right of property in my own works to a comparatively brief period, followed by complete Communism: in fact, I cannot see why the same salutary limitation should not be applied to all property rights whatsoever; but a system which enables any alert sharper to acquire property rights in my stories as against myself and the rest of the community would, it seems to me, justify a rebellion if authors were numerous and warlike enough to make one."

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