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George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin as the son of George Carr Shaw who was in the wholesale grain trade and Lucinda Elisabeth Gurly Shaw the daughter of an impoverished landowner Shaws childhood was troubled His father was an alcoholic When Shaw was just short of his sixteenth birthday his mother left her husband and son and moved with Vandeleur Lee to London where the two set up a household along with Shaws older sister Lucy who later became a successful music hall singer Shaw remained in Dublin with his father completing his schooling which he hated passionately and working as a clerk for an estate office which he hated just as much as school When he died in 1885 his children and wife did not attend his funeral Young Shaw and his two sisters grew up in something close to genteel poverty in an unfashionable part of Dublin They were brought up mostly by servants In 1866 the family moved to a better neighborhood Shaw went to the Wesleyan Connexional School then moved to a private school near Dalkey and then to Dublins Central Model School ending his formal education at the Dublin English Scientific and Commercial Day School At the age of 15 he started to work as a junior clerk In 1876 he went to London joining his sister and mother Shaw did not return to Ireland for nearly thirty years Most of the next two years Shaw educated himself at the British Museum He began his literary career by writing music and drama criticism and novels including the semi-autobiographical IMMATURITY without much success A vegetarian who eschewed alcohol and tobacco Shaw joined in 1884 the Fabian Society a middle-class socialist group which attracted also HG Wells He served on its executive committee from 1885 to 1911 In 1895 Shaw became a drama critic for the Saturday Review These articles were later collected in OUR THEATRES IN THE NINETIES 1932
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