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When published in 1862 it was condemned by critics as immoral, today it is regarded as a novel of outstanding social insight. It is the story of two sisters, Magdalen and Norah, who discover that their parents were not married at the time of their birth and that they are, therefore, illegitimate. They are disinherited and expelled from their family estate. They either adapt to their new station in life, or attempt to recover their wealth by any means...
Shaw uses a re-telling of Ovid's classical tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his statue of the perfect woman to promote his feminist views and satirize the British class system. In the play Professor Higgins plans to present the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a duchess. Pygmalion both delighted and scandalised Edwardian audiences in 1914. The actress who played the role of Eliza was considered to have risked her career by speaking the line "Not bloody likely!". Later used as the basis for the film MyFair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn.
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