George Bernard Shaw's frequently stormy but always creative relationship with the British Broadcasting Corporation was in large part responsible for making him a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.
Drawing on extensive archival materials held in England, the United States, and Canada, Bernard Shaw and the BBC presents a vivid portrait of many contentious issues negotiated between Shaw and the public broadcaster. This is a fascinating study of how controversial works were first performed in the infancy of both radio and television. It details debates about freedom of speech, the editing of plays for broadcast, and the protection of authors' rights to control and profit from works performed for radio and television broadcasts. Conolly also scrutinizes Second World War-era censorship, when the British government banned Shaw from making any broadcasts that questioned British policies or strategies.
Excerpt from book jacket.
Leonard Conolly was a drama professor, associate vice-president (academic) and acting vice-president (academic) at U of G. He received an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Guelph in 2008.
Conolly was instrumental in creating the University of Guelph's collection of theatre archives, which are named after him and have become a major resource to Guelph faculty and students, Canadian researchers and scholars from across the globe. He is currently an English professor at Trent University.