From the first official administration of AP tests throughall AP English examinees took the same test. Inseparate Language and Literature exams began to be offered. The passages for the following prose essay prompts are from a variety of novels, essays, short stories, and nonfiction sources.
Everybody wrote novels then. It was my second attempt; and it shared the fate of my first. That is to say, nobody would publish it, though I tried all the London publishers and some American ones.
I have narrated elsewhere how in the course of time the rejected Ms. That was how it got loose beyond all possibility of recapture. It is out of my power now to stand between it and the American public: At present, of course, I am not the author of The Irrational Knot.
Physiologists inform us that the substance of our bodies and consequently of our souls is shed and renewed at such a rate that no part of us lasts longer than eight years: I am therefore not now in any atom of me the person who wrote The Irrational Knot in The last of that author perished in ; and two of his successors have since joined the majority.
Fourth of his line, I cannot be expected to take any very lively interest in the novels of my literary great-grandfather. Even my personal recollections of him are becoming vague and overlaid with those most misleading of all traditions, the traditions founded on the lies a man tells, and at last comes to believe, about himself to himself.
Certain things, however, I remember very well. For instance, I am significantly clear as to the price of the paper on which I wrote The Irrational Knot. My daily allowance of composition was five pages of this demy in quarto; and I held my natural laziness sternly to that task day in, day out, to the end.
When I was tired of the sordid realism of Whatshisname I have sent my only copy of The Irrational Knot to the printers, and cannot remember the name of my hero I went to the piano and forgot him in the glamorous society of Carmen and her crimson toreador and yellow dragoon.
Page 2 When I say that I did and felt these things, I mean, of course, that the predecessor whose name I bear did and felt them. The I of to-day is? And now enough of this juggling with past and present Shaws. The grammatical complications of being a first person and several extinct third persons at the same moment are so frightful that I must return to the ordinary misusage, and ask the reader to make the necessary corrections in his or her own mind.
This book is not wholly a compound of intuition and ignorance. Take for example the profession of my hero, an Irish-American electrical engineer. That was by no means a flight of fancy.
For you must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living. I began trying to commit that sin against my nature when I was fifteen, and persevered, from youthful timidity and diffidence, until I was twenty-three.
My last attempt was inwhen a company was formed in London to exploit an ingenious invention by Mr. This was not what the British stockbroker wanted; so the company was soon merged in the National Telephone Company, after making a place for itself in the history of literature, quite unintentionally, by providing me with a job.
Whilst the Edison Telephone Company lasted, it crowded the basement of a huge pile of offices in Queen Victoria Street with American artificers. These deluded and romantic men gave me a glimpse of the skilled proletariat of the United States.
They sang obsolete sentimental songs with genuine emotion; and their language was frightful even to an Irishman. They worked with a ferocious energy which was out of all proportion to the actual result achieved. Indomitably resolved to assert their republican manhood by taking no orders from a tall-hatted Englishman whose stiff politeness covered his conviction that they were, relatively to himself, inferior and common persons, they insisted on being slave-driven with genuine American oaths by a genuine free and equal American foreman.
They utterly despised the artfully slow British workman who did as little for his wages as he possibly could; never hurried himself; and had a deep reverence for anyone whose pocket could be tapped by respectful behavior. Edison as the greatest man of all time in every possible department of science, art and philosophy, and execrated Mr.
Graham Bell, the Page 3 inventor of the rival telephone, as his Satanic adversary; but each of them had or pretended to have on the brink of completion, an improvement on the telephone, usually a new transmitter. They were free-souled creatures, excellent company: In this environment I remained for some months.George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin on July 26, His father, George Carr Shaw was in the wholesale grain trading business and his mother, Lucinda Elisabeth Shaw was the daughter of an impoverished landowner.
They also use various different techniques or styles to portray those events in their writings. Natural The role of symbolism in Bernard Malamud's The Natural is important in helping the reader understand the theme and meaning of the novel as well as the time period in which it took place.
- George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple. Fukuoka | Japan Fukuoka | Japan. George Bernard Shaw (26 July – 2 November ) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for.
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