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Love Among the Artists

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

1. Author's Preface
2. Book 1, Chapter 01
3. Book 1, Chapter 02
4. Book 1, Chapter 03
5. Book 1, Chapter 04
6. Book 1, Chapter 05, Pt. 1
7. Book 1, Chapter 05, Pt. 2
8. Book 1, Chapter 06
9. Book 1, Chapter 07
10. Book 1, Chapter 08, Pt. 1
11. Book 1, Chapter 08, Pt. 2
12. Book 1, Chapter 09
13. Book 1, Chapter 10
14. Book 1, Chapter 11, Pt. 1
15. Book 1, Chapter 11, Pt. 2
16. Book 1, Chapter 12, Pt. 1
17. Book 1, Chapter 12, Pt. 2
18. Book 1, Chapter 13, Pt. 1
19. Book 1, Chapter 13, Pt. 2
20. Book 1, Chapter 14, Pt. 1
21. Book 1, Chapter 14, Pt. 2
22. Book 2, Chapter 01, Pt. 1
23. Book 2, Chapter 01, Pt. 2
24. Book 2, Chapter 02, Pt. 1
25. Book 2, Chapter 02, Pt. 2
26. Book 2, Chapter 02, Pt. 3
27. Book 2, Chapter 03, Pt. 1
28. Book 2, Chapter 03, Pt. 2
29. Book 2, Chapter 04, Pt. 1
30. Book 2, Chapter 04, Pt. 2

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Summary

Love Among the Artists was published in the United States in 1900 and in England in 1914, but it was written in 1881. In the ambience of chit-chat and frivolity among members of Victorian polite society a youthful Shaw describes his views on the arts, romantic love and the practicalities of matrimony. Dilettantes, he thinks, can love and settle down to marriage, but artists with real genius are too consumed by their work to fit that pattern. The dominant figure in the novel is Owen Jack, a musical genius, somewhat mad and quite bereft of social graces. From an abysmal beginning he rises to great fame and is lionized by socialites despite his unremitting crudity. As a study of Bohemia and its clash with conventional society, the novel is revealing of Shaw's belief that the true Artist has wholly different criteria than the ordinary person for the living of Life. Written as "a novel with a purpose," according to its author's preface, Love Among the Artists is an ironic novel with a serious intent.