The Devil's Disciple is the only full-length play by G. Bernard Shaw set in America. It's a melodrama, though not without humor, particularly in the character of General Burgoyne. The play is important in Shaw's career in that, though it was the eighth play he wrote, it was the first--due to Richard Mansfield's original 1897 production in America--that was financially successful, helping to assure his career as a playwright. The play is set during the Revolutionary War and is the fictional story of Richard Dudgeon, an American hero. It was published in Shaw's 1901 collection Three Plays for Puritans (together with Captain Brassbound's Conversion and Caesar and Cleopatra).