Saturday 7 February 2009

the parrot cry

"Both Eliza and Pygmalion are entirely didactic," writes Zadie Smith, "as Shaw meant them to be. 'I delight,' he wrote, 'in throwing [Pygmalion] at the heads of the wiseacres who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic. It goes to prove my contention that art should never be anything else.'"

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