Stan was a meticulous scholar with a prodigious knowledge of Shaw and even more prodigious memory; he was also a born storyteller and raconteur, with a sharp wit, flair for irony and sense of humour. Always immaculately dressed, and always deeply courteous, it was a delight to be in his company. I was privileged to collaborate with him as co-editor of the Garland Facsimile of the Revised Typescript of Heartbreak House. Stanley Weintraub is simply one of the Shaw greats, and we all follow gratefully in his footsteps.
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Stanley Weintraub in 2014 on his
lifelong journey into Shaw.
Photo Copyright Stanley and Rhodelle Weintraub
Stanley Weintraub, a tribute by Dr Anne Wright CBE
Stanley Weintraub, eminent award-winning US historian, biographer and lifelong Shaw scholar died on 28 July in Jennersville, Pennsylvania at the age of 90. Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, Stan was the author of more than fifty books, including many on Shaw; and his pioneering Shaw research dated back to the early 1950s. Stan first came across Shaw’s plays as a soldier in the Korean War, when a family member sent him some of the early paperbacks of Shaw’s plays to keep him occupied in quieter moments. His books on Shaw include Private Shaw and Public Shaw; Bernard Shaw on the London Art Scene, 1886-1950; Journey to Heartbreak: The Crucible Years of Bernard Shaw; Who’s Afraid of Bernard Shaw? Some Personalities in Shaw’s Plays; and Bernard Shaw Before his First Play: The Embryo Playwright. His biographies included Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Aubrey Beardsley, Disraeli, and his many war histories included Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce.
Stan was a faithful follower of the Shaw Society as well as a founder of the International Shaw Society. He founded The Shaw Review, and continued to contribute to The Shavian as recently as this year. He and his wife Rodelle were often to be seen at Shaw’s Corner for the Birthday Celebration plays, which they fitted in to research trips to the UK over several decades; and they were speakers and guests of honour at the “Shaw at Home Conference” in 2013. In 2014 Stan provided the interactive commentary for a virtual tour of Shaw’s Corner commissioned by Sue Morgan for the National Trust, and also recorded a series of interviews in films produced by Martin and Anne Wright, which can be viewed on the Shaw Institute website (and via links on the Shaw Society website).