38 - George Bernard Shaw

" Do you know a reasonably healthy woman of about sixty, accustomed to plain vegetarian cookery, and able to read & write enough to forward letters while her husband is away? ... No relatives, if possible. Must not be a lady. One who has never been in a theatre preferred. Separate rooms."

These lines were written by George Bernard Shaw, Irish Nobel Prize winner of 1925, before he married Charlotte Payne-Townsend on June 1, 1898. For 45 years they maintained a "marriage blanc", according to his biographer Michael Holroyd.

GBS even wrote - anonymously - his own marriage notice - as a joke - for the tabloids. Read more in TodayInLiterature...

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