How the paperback novel changed popular literature

Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

I decided on my research topic for my Humanities Capstone final project: George Bernard Shaw. Now I just have decide exactly what my thesis will be.  While looking up information about him and discovering he wrote this book called "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism" I came across this interesting article on called "How the Paperback Novel Changed Popular Literature." The "Woman's Guide etal" was the first non fiction paperback published along with Agatha Christie's "Mysterious Affair at Styles." Which I read by the way - good book.  I couldn't find a copy of Shaw's original guide but....  synchronicity - the book is being re  released April 2011. 

Intelligent Woman's Guide

I pre-ordered it and also bought a copy of his play Pygmalion.  TMC recently had an old movies month and I dvr'd both the play Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, which is the musical based upon Pygmalion.  It will be fun watching them both. 

I was going to leave you with a reprint of "How the paperback novel changed popular literature" but it is longish and I've been over inundating you all with rather longish posts lately.  Click over here and check it out.  It is an interesting bit of history about Penguin Publishing and literature. 

"The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another." 
George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion


  1. I am going to have to check out this link, as it sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. I love My Fair it...have fun writing this paper!!

  3. It's been a while since I've visited your blog. It took me over an hour to read what I've missed. You've been very busy!

    I'm commenting on this post because I found several interesting things that are going to lead me off in several directions. I find the choices for the first two paperbacks very interesting and am going to have to check all of that out. I also love Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. Good choice for your paper. You should have fun doing it. Also - glad to see you are still so disciplined in your writing. Good for you.

  4. @Zibilee - Yes, do. It is very interesting.

    @Staci - I'm certainly going to try and have fun.

    @Margot - Lovely to see you again. I finally discovered the right schedule for me. Yeah!


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