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Pygmalion

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Definition play by George Bernard Shaw in which a man refines a woman's speech and falls in love with the woman "he created" (1913)

The play Pygmalion is based upon the classic myth in which Pygmalion falls in love with the statue he creates.
  • What was the name of Pygmalion's sister?
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • The story of Pygmalion and his statue is as natural as it is poetical.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • What, is there none of Pygmalion's images, newly made woman, to be had now, for putting the hand in the pocket and extracting it clutched?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • So Pygmalion created his Galatea, and the first contract you accepted became Aphrodite and gave it life.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Even Pygmalion, when his sculptured woman assumed life, felt not greater ecstasy than mine will be.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Her father gave her, yet a spotless maid; Pygmalion then the Tyrian scepter sway'd: One who condemn'd divine and human laws.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • As will be seen later on, Pygmalion needs, not a preface, but a sequel, which I have supplied in its due place.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • This is the secret of her birth: a Gothic Pygmalion, who was making gargoyles for cathedrals, fell in love with one of them, the most horrible, one fine morning.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Pygmalion came next.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • It's Pygmalion.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "It's Shaw's Pygmalion," George explained, and told me the plot: two elegant gentlemen taking an ignorant girl off the streets, filling her with learning, brushing her to a high polish.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Now as he sat among the guitarists and watched this awkward girl singing ballads, imitating every inflection of the more experienced singers who had preceded her, the determination entered his mind to play Pygmalion.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Galatea never does quite like Pygmalion: his relation to her is too godlike to be altogether agreeable.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Professor Steinberg says this is Pygmalion.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • "It's as if I've stepped into Shaw's Pygmalion."
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • Pygmalion wasn't a play I'd seen or read then, but I realize now how much of Professor Higgins there was in my husband.
    Bharati Mukherjee  --  Jasmine
  • A lofty city by my hands is rais'd, Pygmalion punish'd, and my lord appeas'd.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Must I attend Pygmalion's cruelty, Or till Hyarba shall in triumph lead A queen that proudly scorn'd his proffer'd bed?
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • I wish to boast that Pygmalion has been an extremely successful play all over Europe and North America as well as at home.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • They seize a fleet, which ready rigg'd they find; Nor is Pygmalion's treasure left behind.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid

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