by Jonell Galloway and Simon de Swaan
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.–George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland, on July 26, 1856, and died on November 2, 1950. Although of the landed Irish gentry, his father failed at both being a civil servant and working as a grain merchant. The family lived in genteel poverty, and Shaw’s education was irregular, also due to his dislike of any organized training, and ended at the age of 16. Shaw did however develop a broad knowledge of music, art, and literature, thanks to his mother’s strong cultural influence and many visits to the National Gallery of Ireland.
After working as a real estate agent, he moved to London in 1876, where he established himself as a leading music and theatre critic in the eighties and nineties and became a prominent member of the Fabian Society, for which he composed many pamphlets. He was best known as a comic dramatist, literary critic, and socialist propagandist, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.
It was during his years of success in London in the 1880s that he became a vegetarian.
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