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Shaw, Irwin

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Theatre.

(1913-1984) US playwright, screenwriter and author born Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff, adopting the surname Shaw at the age of fifteen; best known for such nonfantastic novels as The Young Lions (1948). His play, Bury the Dead (first performed 18 April 1936 Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York: 1936), though set in an unspecified Near Future during what seems to be a vision of World War Two, is basically a fantasy: six soldiers awaken from their graves to denounce war, and refuse to become icons of the futile patriotism for which they died. [JC]

Irwin Shaw

born New York: 27 February 1913

died Davos, Switzerland: 16 May 1984

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