Finest People

Penelope Fitzgerald

  • Letters from Margaret: Correspondence between Bernard Shaw and Margaret Wheeler 1944-50 edited by Rebecca Swift
    Chatto, 279 pp, £13.99, November 1992, ISBN 0 7011 4783 0

In 1944 GBS was a widower of 89, dying, as we like celebrities to do, in public, and still in receipt of hundreds of letters every month from admirers, enquirers, beggars and cranks. They were in search, sometimes of money, more often of sympathetic magic. To many of them Shaw sent printed reply cards which he had ready on a wide range of subjects.

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