Saint JoanSaint Joan
is a play by George Bernard Shaw
that he wrote shortly after the Roman Catholic Church canonized Joan of Arc
. It is a dramatization based on the records of her trial made public by the Church in the 1920s
that was first produced in 1923
. The play itself is a statement on "organized religion
" as an oxymoron
and depicts Joan herself as the model of clear thinking in a muddled world.
Although Shaw had a much larger body of work, this play is often credited with his receiving the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature.