Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fabians and Edwardians...


To answer part of my last question, about what Fabians looked like in the 1890s, above is a photograph of Irish playwright and Fabian, George Bernard Shaw. Shaw wrote speeches and pamphlets for the Fabian Society from 1884 until 1929, such as this socialist tract below from 1890. Brown University has a page devoted to Shaw's political writings, including his 1928 book The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism. Modern day English Fabians have been described as a "vanguard think-tank for the New Labor movement". There is also an Australian Fabian Society, which lists among its notable member three previous Australian Prime Ministers. Don't you love when reading a novel takes you on a research journey that you had never planned? Meanwhile, I am only a quarter of the way through The Children's Book.

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