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CHAPTER XIII
THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY

saying that " a good joke is the one ultimate and sacred thing that cannot be criticized." His poems are rich in colour and, especially in Lepanto, rich in characterization and psychological power.
In planning this chapter it had been intended to exclude all authors still (1936) in the land of the living, but an exception seems to be necessary in the case of three who just rose to prominence while Queen Victoria was still on the throne, and who have continued ever since to play a leading part in the literature of the English-speaking peoples. These men are George Bernard Shaw, born 1856, Sir James Matthew Barrie, born 1860,1 and Herbert George Wells, born 1866.
Shaw, of Irish birth, but Scottish descent, was greatly influenced by his music-loving mother, and began his working life in a land agent's office. He came to London in 1876, and flung himself vigorously into the Socialist movement, then taking shape under the auspices of the Fabian Society. Much of his early literary work consisted of musical and dramatic criticism in The World, The Star, and The Saturday Review.
Presently he turned his attention to the stage and began to write plays, using them, as Galsworthy did his novels, as a means of uttering and spreading his own particular views. In 1898 he brought out a series of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant. In the first group was Arms and the Man, a satire on militarism, and in the second Widowers' Houses, an indictment of slum property owners. The stodgy and somewhat smug England of the nineties was horrified both at the vehemence of Shaw's opinions and the unconventional courage with which they were expressed. Since that

1 Since this chapter was written Sir James Barrie (1937), H. G. Wells (1946), and G. B. Shaw (1950) have died.

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