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Shaw's Goddess

Stanley Weintraub

in Who's Afraid of Bernard Shaw?

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037264
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041544 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037264.003.0008
Shaw's Goddess

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An Irish beauty who wed the dissolute Scot aristocrat Lord Colin Campbell only to have the marriage dissolve in mutual charges of adultery, Lady Colin (formerly Gertrude Blood), despite her notoriety, found a calling in journalism. She first secured a new reputation (as “Vera”) via her column “A Woman's Walks” in The World. Shaw, who admired her courage in adversity and her statuesque glamor, arranged to have her inherit his art-criticism assignments, and he regularly promoted her writings. He also read to her his plays in progress in the 1890s, and Lady Colin, who may have influenced Man and Superman, encouraged him to cut and rewrite the last act of The Philanderer. Lady Colin's striking portrait by Giovanni Boldini is one of his most famous canvases.

Keywords: Lady Colin Campbell; Vera; A Woman's Walks; George Bernard Shaw; The World; The Philanderer

Chapter.  8065 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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