The Roots of Shaw’s Distinctive Fabianism

Charles A. Carpenter

in Bernard Shaw as Artist-Fabian

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780813034058
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038254 | DOI:
The Roots of Shaw’s Distinctive Fabianism

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Among other Fabian socialists, Bernard Shaw was recognized as one who was unconventional. He saw Graham Wallas, Sydney Olivier, and Sidney Webb as comprising the Three Musketeers of Fabianism, and thought of himself to have acquired D'Artagnan's role. In spite of how many Fabian colleagues and historians would perceive Shaw to have valuable contributions, Shaw's behavior was often associated with serious problems and may have even been viewed as a hindrance to advancing Fabian goals. To add to his insufficient educational credentials, Shaw was often characterized as veering away from standard rhetoric in pursuing different lines of thought. This chapter attempts to illustrate how Shaw initiated his distinct brand of Fabianism and how he expressed support towards the permeation strategy.

Keywords: Graham Wallas; Sydney Olivier; Sidney Webb; permeation strategy; Fabianism; Fabian goals

Chapter.  5603 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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