George Bernard Shaw exercised an above-average level of authorial control, which even extended to his relationship with his biographers. Shaw crafts a persona, with the help of his "authorized" biographer Archibald Henderson, which displays a process of evolutionary development and progress along the lines of the Shavian philosophy of the Life Force and the Superman. In essence, Shaw is casting himself as a prototype for the Superman through the autobiographical manipulation of his biographers and aesthetic modes of self-fashioning.
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Kirksey, Cort H., "Shavian Self-Fashioning: Authorized Biography and Shaw's Superman" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2184.
Shaw, Autobiography, biography, self-fashioning, Superman, Life Force