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Shaw’s Corner of Hertfordshire

By Linda Tancs

The writer Franz Kafka once remarked that writing is utter solitude.  All great writers express the need for solitude–and some find it–like George Bernard Shaw.  The Irish playwright moved at the height of his fame to an Edwardian villa in Ayot St. Lawrence in Hertfordshire, England known as Shaw’s Corner.  In his garden he installed a shed–his writer’s nook–where he wrote Pymalion, Man and Superman and Major Barbara.  He named the little hut (which swivels to catch the sun) “London” so his wife could inform curious callers of his destination and avoid interrupting him.  How clever!

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