Man and Superman

A Comedy and a Philosophy

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Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 69,771 / 203 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.5
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 10,904
Added to site: 2008.07.23
mnybks.net#: 21578
Origin: gutenberg.org

When the brains of the average reader become tangled up in the mazes of Mr. Shaw's latest offering, "Man and Superman," he will wonder, long before its close, whether he, or the author, is crazy. That is, if he takes the book seriously. If he does not, he will enjoy himself thoroughly, but will have failed to appreciate the spirit and intention of the work's creator.

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ave himself from cipherdom, find an affirmative position. His thousand and three affairs of gallantry, after becoming, at most, two immature intrigues leading to sordid and prolonged complications and humiliations, have been discarded altogether as unworthy of his philosophic dignity and compromising to his newly acknowledged position as the founder of a school. Instead of pretending to read Ovid he does actually read Schopenhaur and Nietzsche, studies Westermarck, and is concerned for the future of the race instead of for the freedom of his own instincts. Thus his profligacy and his dare-devil airs have gone the way of his sword and mandoline into the rag shop of anachronisms and superstitions. In fact, he is now more Hamlet than Don Juan; for though the lines put into the actor's mouth to indicate to the pit that Hamlet is a philosopher are for the most part mere harmonious platitude which, with a little debasement of the word-music, would be properer to Pecksniff, yet if you separate the real hero, inartic

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