Back to Methuselah

Back to Methuselah Back to Methuselah A Metabiological Pentateuch by George Bernard Shaw consists of a preface An Infidel Half Century a series of five plays In the Beginning BC In the Garden of Eden The Gospel

  • Title: Back to Methuselah
  • Author: George Bernard Shaw
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  • Back to Methuselah A Metabiological Pentateuch, by George Bernard Shaw consists of a preface An Infidel Half Century a series of five plays In the Beginning BC 4004 In the Garden of Eden , The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas Present Day, The Thing Happens AD 2170, Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman AD 3000, As Far as Thought Can Reach AD 31,920 All wereBack to Methuselah A Metabiological Pentateuch, by George Bernard Shaw consists of a preface An Infidel Half Century a series of five plays In the Beginning BC 4004 In the Garden of Eden , The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas Present Day, The Thing Happens AD 2170, Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman AD 3000, As Far as Thought Can Reach AD 31,920 All were written during 1918 20, published simultaneously by Constable London Brentano s NY in 1921, 1st performed in the USA in 1922 by the NY Theatre Guild at the old Garrick Theatre , in Britain, at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1923.

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    1. George Bernard Shaw

      George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co founder of the London School of Economics Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama Over the course of his life he wrote than 60 plays Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes palatable In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.An ardent socialist, Shaw was angered by what he perceived to be the exploitation of the working class He wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles For a short time he was active in local politics, serving on the London County Council.In 1898, Shaw married Charlotte Payne Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived They settled in Ayot St Lawrence in a house now called Shaw s Corner He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature 1925 and an Oscar 1938 The former for his contributions to literature and the latter for his work on the film Pygmalion adaptation of his play of the same name Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright, as he had no desire for public honours, but he accepted it at his wife s behest She considered it a tribute to Ireland He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.Shaw died at Shaw s Corner, aged 94, from chronic health problems exacerbated by injuries incurred by falling.

    849 thoughts on “Back to Methuselah”

    1. The evolution of Humanity played out on stage27 March 2014 When I picked this book up again I noticed that I have already read and commented on it, and I suspect that the comment that I wrote was back when I simply commented on books that I had already read not realising that there were a number of books that I wanted to read again (including this one). However I have decided that what I will do is write an updated commentary, though I still believe the comments that I made originally still hold [...]

    2. One of Dad's oldest friends, Ken Bennett, former professor of English at Lake Forest University, is a Shavian; I'd enjoyed the little Shaw I'd read and the description of Methuselah in a book of the world's greatest literature I'd poured through for ideas for future reading had made the five plays sound very intriguing, so I bought the thing and dived in, reading it every night at my ER desk at Evanston Hospital.Well, I finished the thing, but couldn't say I was much impressed. The plays are int [...]

    3. The evolution of humanity played out on stage23 July 2011 This play is my favourite Bernard Shaw play next to Pygmalion, and having been written in the early twenties, it not only shows some more maturity in the playwriting, but also explores a topic that was believed to be dead after World War I: the concept of Human Enlightenment. The concept, popular in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century was that after almost a century of peace that the human race was on the doorstep of a new golden [...]

    4. There are two ideas you cannot even suggest in a society such as ours (early 21st century U.S.) without being automatically lumped with religious zealots: first, that something is missing from Darwin's fans view of evolution: you would just get people condescendingly trying to enlighten you as to the fact that dinosaurs existed. Second, that normal good natured men are puppets of profiteering when you remove religion from their lives.Should you choose to combine both views in one writing you wou [...]

    5. MethuselahAds by GoogleFree Stock Photo Worldwide Stock Photo Community Browse and Buy 5,000,000+ Images DreamstimeOxford University Short online courses in English Literature onlinecoursesnted.oxUnderstanding the Word Break through traditional teachings to truth and the word of life. hallvworthingtonTamara De Lempicka Kunstdrucke und fertige Bilder Jetzt auf Rechnung kaufen! 3w-versanda play by G. B. Shaw, first performed in 1922; it is its author's most complete dramatization of his theory of [...]

    6. This is one of those fascinating works that has the potential to change your life, or at the least the way you see your life. While countless science fiction novelists glibly deal with immortality as if it were just a fine way to live, Shaw explores the psychological consequences. What sort of mind would it take, if you decided to live for, say 300 years? Would you have the strength for such a life? Could you live with yourself for that long? Take a journey through the five plays of this cycle. [...]

    7. IN THE PREFACE,SHAW'S suggestion of an INCREASED LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH attainable through CREATIVE EVOLUTION is not a viable proposition - however i liked it - KNOWLEDGE IS AN ENDLESS PURSUIT AND ONE LIFETIME IS NOT ENOUGH - FRANKLYN AND CONRAD are unanimous in this context and even after things are out of scientific favour,the proposition rings out loud to me at least - our follies pave the path for future accomplishments and so EVE thinks that her future sons would indulge in better things [...]

    8. An attempt by one of the most intelligent thinkers, writers, people of last century to peep into future of evolution - beyond the present limits of where we are. Life spans of longer than a century or two, youth and ability well into third century, or lives a millennium long with growing up and reproduction finished soon so the true vocation can be taken up, of thought and creation? Sensational, either way. Sunday, September 21, 2008.

    9. العودة الى ميتوشالح !القسم الأول : في البدء، عام 4004 ق. م ( في جنة عدن)القسم الثاني : انجيل الأخوين بارناباس ( الوقت الحاضر ) القسم الثالث : الشيء يحدث ( عام 2170 )القسم الرابع : مأساة السيد كهل ( عام 3000 م)القسم الخامس : أقصى ما يمكن أن يصل إليه الفكر ( عام 31920 م) أكثر فهرس ابهرني إطلاقًا، ل [...]

    10. My first Shaw play. From 1921, Shaw is definitely reeling from the war in this imaginary retelling of a past and future Genesis. The surreality of the play however keeps me from wondering how serious - or comic - the play is supposed to be.Another last thought: I kept reflecting on how contemporary audiences, even Christian ones, would probably not be biblically literate enough to understand such an anti-Christian play.

    11. This ain't a play, this is a goddamn novel. Goodness, Mr Shaw had a lot of things to say. Effin' funny though. Like when that woman failed to shoot Napoleon from two feet away and he plays dead and then calls her a woman for being a bad shot.Then, the final words from Lilith. Woo timeless, that.

    12. Bernard Shaw explores the psychological consequences of immortality in a series of 5 plays that dramatize the evolution of humanity:In the Beginning (B.C. 4004), The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas (Present Day), The Thing Happens (A.D. 2170), Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman (A.D. 3000), As Far as Thought Can Reach (A.D. 31,920).

    13. If I had not read the preface, I would have thought it was dated fiction punctuated by moments of humor. Knowing that Shaw saw his wishful thinking as some sort deep truth, however, spoiled the fun favorite quote: "You are always in little squabbling cliques; and the worst cliques are those which consist of one man."

    14. قليلة هي الكتب التى تدرك وانت تقراها بأنها ستبقى عالقة في ذاكرتك الى الوقت الذي تنطفئ تلك الذاكرة ، مسرحية ميتوشالح واحدة من تلك الكتب .انها مسرحية الزمن كله ومراحل الانسان كلها ، هي البداية والصراع والنهاية .الزمن فيها يبتدأ مع آدم وحواء ليصل الى سنة ٣١٩٢٠ م .بحث فلسفي ضخم وق [...]

    15. Strange - a sort of extremely slow progress that runs antithetical to modernity. In many ways (in terms of the nonfiction aspect of Shaw's project), J.B.S Haldane's "Daedalus, or, Science and the Future" is far superior, or Bernal's _The World, the Flesh, and the Devil_.

    16. I found this book fascinating - the whole idea of people living longer & what that might look like. Very science fiction in an old-fashioned way :)

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