Shaw, George Bernard.
BACK TO METHUSELAH. A METABIOLOGICAL PENTATEUCH.
London: Constable and Company Ltd., 1921. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-lxxxvii [lxxxviii] lxxxix [xc] xci [xcii] 1-267 [268: blank], original gray-green cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First British edition. An ambitious play on "Creative Evolution." "The first and most remarkable of his three works of speculative drama ... In BACK TO METHUSELAH we encounter a vintage Shaw play as well as an important work of science fiction, and understand why Shaw's work has been influential in the genre." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 120-24. "One of the most influential images of the future evolution of man to be produced in the postwar years is to be found in George Bernard Shaw's play BACK TO METHUSELAH (1921)." - Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 262-63. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-137; (1981) 2-89; (1987) 2-98; (1995) 2-108; and (2004) II-987. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2003. Bloomfield, Imaginary Worlds, pp. 220-36. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), pp. 1095-96. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy, pp. 15-26. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 98. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 176. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1569. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 169. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 74-77. Bleiler (1978), p. 178. Laurence A161b. A fine copy in fine printed dust jacket. (72801).