Saturday, February 05, 2005 +

Bentley on Shaw (1978)

Given his aspirations, the snobbery Shaw noted in himself was a fatal flaw. Its nemesis was that the man who thought he was at home only with the mighty dead like Shakespeare and Mozart was also at home with the mighty living like Mussolini and Stalin. The man who was incapable of warm-blooded fraternal love for the oppressed was capable of cold-blooded approval of their extermination at the hands of “supermen” who were really submen.
Eric Bentley, Thinking about the Playwright: Comments from Four Decades (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1986)