SHAW, George Bernard.
SIGNED POSTCARD, addressed to Walter Greenwood, 99 Lower Deedley Road, Pendleton, Manchester, dated 8/1//28. 1928
13 printed lines with 4 lines ms. 11 x 9cm.
¶Beneath a printed paragraph written in the third person admonishing those who request Shaw to contribute a preface to their work, Shaw, in a cantankerous and offhand tone, rebukes Greenwood presumably in response to an earlier letter: 'I object strenuously. You have evidently no conception of the inconvenience to both authors of two books with the same title. There are plenty of alternatives. What about "who'd have thought it?"' Walter Greenwood, 1903-1974, was an author best know for his 1933 novel Love on the Dole. Copac, nor the National Archives who hold the manuscripts of most of Greenwood's published and unpublished works, record any titles before 1930. It appears that Greenwood, having written an unknown and unrecorded article or short story, had written to Shaw to ask permission to use a title that had already been used by Shaw himself. It was a request that met with a typically curt response from Shaw.