Biography of Famous Vegetarians George Bernard Shaw

About the famous English vegetarian and writer George Bernard Shaw, history and biography of the man.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW. 1856-1950. British.

--Converted to playwright after success as music critic and drama critic but failure as a novelist. Became socialist at 26 and one of the original founders of the Fabian Society in England (1884). Acclaimed for his social and political criticisms as found in such plays as Canadida, Man and Superman, Heartbreak House, Pygmalion, and Major Barbara.

--Summed up his dietary habits by saying, "I eat 3 meals a day, and am convinced that I should be better with 2. I eat cheese, butter and eggs, but no flesh, no fowl, and no fish." Drank apple juice, barley water, and cocoa (made with water, not milk). Grew vegetables and fruits in his own garden and favored tomatoes and potatoes. Rejected meat for humanitarian reasons: "My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by herds of oxen, sheep, swine, flocks of poultry and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarves in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures." Belonged to the London Vegetarian Society and was severely criticized when an attack of pernicious anemia caused him to take liver injections. Replied to his critics: "Gland extracts are no more outside vegetarian diet than milk and cheese. Vegetarian diet is vital diet, vegetable diet is a different matter." When asked if his long life could be attributed to a meatless diet and abstention from stimulants, he replied, "My nearest relatives, who practiced none of these abstinences, were long-lived like myself. The Italian physician who left a big book as his testament wrote nothing in it but 'Keep your feet warm and your head cool.'"

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