The Intelligent Woman's Guide To Socialism And Capitalism
The Intelligent Woman's Guide To Socialism And Capitalism

SHAW, Bernard (author). The Intelligent Woman's Guide To Socialism And Capitalism.

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Inscribed by Shaw.

SHAW, Bernard (author). The Intelligent Woman's Guide To Socialism And Capitalism. London: Constable And Company Ltd., 1928.

8vo. Original pale green cloth elaborately blocked in dark green and gilt with a Celtic design to spine and upper board, spine lettered gilt, lower edge untrimmed, top edge gilt, green matt endpapers; pp. xxxvi + 494 + [i]; a bright and very attractive copy with light external dusting, speckling to fore-edges of book block which barely intrudes into fore-edge margin, a little light foxing to prelims, and mild fading and rubbing to pastedowns.
First edition. An association copy which is inscribed in ink by Sir George Bernard Shaw to the half-title: "To Ada Galsworthy from Bernard Shaw". Shaw was a friend of the recipient and her author husband, John, and shared many of their political views.
Ada Galsworthy, née Pearson, was the illegitimate daughter of an obstetrician in Norwich who originally married Arthur Galsworthy, the cousin of the country's leading author and playwright John Galsworthy. Their union was a more than strained affair complicated by the fact that on their first meeting, in 1895, John fell deeply in love with her. A certain coarseness or brutality in Arthur and Ada's relationship, with John waiting on the sidelines, gave rise to the marital rape storyline in John Galsworthy's magnum opus The Forsyte Saga.
John Galsworthy's emotional disturbances probably explain his increasing social liberalism which was at odds with his upbringing. He took to campaigning on women's suffrage, for example, and embraced other controversial political causes. His family roundly condemned his relationship with Ada and it was not until 1904, when his father died, that he was able to declare it openly. The pair married on 23rd September 1905, the day after her divorce from Arthur was finalised.
The author's writing career began to take off as John Galsworthy became second only to George Bernard Shaw as Britain's leading playwright. Despite, or possibly as a direct result of, the problems surrounding their protracted courtship John and Ada's marriage also failed to blossom and he became emotionally repressed and isolated but did remain loyal to her until his death in 1933, despite various temptations.