Irish author and playwright who valued socialism and women's rights. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.
He grew up to harbor a lifelong animosity towards school teachers and the academic system.
His Pygmalion has been a widely adapted play, as was the musical My Fair Lady.
He never consummated his marriage with Charlotte Payne-Townshend, but did have numerous affairs with other married women.
Richard Wagner was a source of inspiration for him.