By George Bernard Shaw
"Man and Superman" is George Bernard Shaw's reaction to the request of his lovers to put in writing a Don Juan themed play. This four-act drama frequently preformed with or without an abbreviated model of the long 3rd act might be noticeable as an easy comedy of manners or, as Shaw had meant, whatever rather extra, an exposition of Nietzsche's philosophical principles of the "Superman." "Man and Superman" is taken into account to be one among Shaw's maximum works, a masterpiece of dramatic literature.
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The question is important on the threshold of a drama of ideas; for under such circumstances everything depends on whether his adolescence belonged to the sixties or to the eighties. He was born, as a matter of fact, in 1839, and was a Unitarian and Free Trader from his boyhood, and an Evolutionist from the publication of the Origin of Species. Consequently he has always classed himself as an advanced thinker and fearlessly outspoken reformer. Sitting at his writing table, he has on his right the windows giving on Portland Place.
The slim shapely frame, the elegant suit of new mourning, the small head and regular features, the pretty little moustache, the frank clear eyes, the 48 MAN AND SUPERMAN wholesome bloom and the youthful complexion, the well brushed glossy hair, not curly, but of fine texture and good dark color, the arch of good nature in the eyebrows, the erect forehead and neatly pointed chin, all announce the man who will love and suffer later on. And that he will not do so without sympathy is guaranteed by an engaging sincerity and eager modest serviceableness which stamp him as a man of amiable nature.
OCTAVIUS. [eagerly] About Ann! Oh, do tell me that, Mr. Ramsden. RAMSDEN. Well, he said he was glad, after all, you were not his son, because he thought that someday Annie and 50 MAN AND SUPERMAN you—[Octavius blushes vividly]. Well, perhaps I shouldn’t have told you. But he was in earnest. OCTAVIUS. Oh, if only I thought I had a chance! You know, Mr. Ramsden, I don’t care about money or about what people call position; and I can’t bring myself to take an interest in the business of struggling for them.