"Leon Hugo, a individual Shaw student from the rustic within which The Black lady looking for God is determined, is the correct critic to ascertain Shaw's most famed prose tale--an allegory on a par with Voltaire's Candide."--Stanley Weintraub, Pennsylvania country University
"An astute interpreting of the textual content . . . a e-book that basically demonstrates Bernard Shaw remains to be worthy studying. He speaks to all generations."--Gale ok. Larson, California nation University
Leon Hugo's examine is a groundbreaking account of the "story at the back of the tale" of Shaw's allegory The Black lady looking for God, a quick myth written by means of Shaw in a distant coastal village in South Africa. Illustrated through John Farleigh, the publication used to be released in 1932 and have become a best-seller.
The tale is a fantasy of a "black girl," switched over by means of Christian missionaries, who attempts to discover the reply to the query "Where is God?" through creating a trip of the soul. alongside the best way she meets with a few representations of God, from the recent and previous Testaments of the Bible and from the Koran, who disgust and appall her with their hopelessly superseded embodiments of deity. The response from critics and readers of the day ranged from cries of blasphemy to allegations that Shaw used to be relocating to insanity. the amount used to be banned in public libraries and in Ireland. numerous tracts and books sought to repudiate, ridicule, or advance Shaw's non secular argument, and there have been variations for degree performances and for radio broadcasts.
This literary occasion is acknowledged, tested, and assessed via Leon Hugo. He surveys the shut kinship among Shaw and Voltaire--a dominant presence in a story that itself echoes Candide. the ultimate bankruptcy considers the "black woman" as a Shavian champion of spiritual freedom, feminist rights, and political emancipation. Illustrations revive a variety of Farleigh's attractive paintings, and Hugo comprises consultant illustrations from the rebutting tracts and books that Black Girl as well.
Leon Hugo (1931-2002) used to be professor emeritus on the college of South Africa.