George [´GLG] Bernard [´bE:nqd] Shaw [´SL], the famous English playwright, came from a middle class family. He was born in Dublin [´dAblIn], the capital of Ireland, in 1856, and was proud of being an Irishman.
In 1876 he left his home town for London, where he became a journalist. In 1884 he joined the Fabian Society, a socialist organization of petty bourgeois intellectuals.
After a few unsuccessful attempts at writing novels, Shaw turned to plays. His first play appeared in 1892. Later on he wrote a large number of plays, all of which are known for their brilliant dialogue and sharp political satire.
In 1931 Shaw visited the Soviet Union. The famous playwright was always a true friend to the first Socialist State.
Bernard Shaw died in 1950 at the age of ninety-four.