George Bernard Shaw was born this day, July 26th, in 1856. He lived nearly 100 years, dying in 1950. Shaw, of course, was famous as a playwright. Equally significant (at least), Shaw co-founded the London School of Economics.
Shaw made one memorable statement with Walter Scott’s name involved, which was a backhand compliment to the author.
“With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his.”