Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw [NOOK Book]

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PYGMALION is the story of Professor Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who wagers that he can turn a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into the toast of London society merely by teaching her how to speak with an upper-class accent. In the process, he becomes fond of her and attempts to direct her future, but she rejects his domineering ways and marries a young but poor man of the genteel class, Freddy.
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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

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PYGMALION is the story of Professor Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who wagers that he can turn a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into the toast of London society merely by teaching her how to speak with an upper-class accent. In the process, he becomes fond of her and attempts to direct her future, but she rejects his domineering ways and marries a young but poor man of the genteel class, Freddy.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013532960
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Series: Halcyon Classics , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 118,761
  • File size: 336 KB

Meet the Author

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright and journalist. Shaw enjoyed success both as a literary critic and playwright, but wrote several relatively unsuccessful novels early in his career. His plays, including PYGMALION, earned him considerable success. Shaw won both the Nobel Prize for Literature and an Oscar for PYGMALION, the latter for the screenplay adaptation in 1938. He remains the only person to win both awards.
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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Especially enjoyed the ending!

    Having seen the movie "My Fair Lady" so many times, the majority of the book was very familiar, but I always wondered what happened when the movie ended. The book actually gives "the rest of the story," which some might not like (depending on their view of the relationship between Liza and Higgins), but I found satisfactory.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Pygmalion was a hilarious play that had me laughing throughout t

    Pygmalion was a hilarious play that had me laughing throughout the whole story. A highly intelligent professor tries to teach a low class young woman how to speak properly. It was interesting to read on how a woman with a perfect accent talks about things a lower class girl might speak of. I enjoyed the ending of the story, as I hope you will too. Pygmalion is going to go down as one of my favorites and I hope you read it and discover it's one of your favorites too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Panthers den

    She padded in and laid down, listening to water trickle through the stream that was once there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    A rendition of the Greek mythological legend of Pygmalion has a

    A rendition of the Greek mythological legend of Pygmalion has a very interesting plot. Not quite the same as the legend itself, but as a more down to earth perspective. Knowing sometimes creations can turn their back on their creator(s) and leave them for somebody/ something else. In this famous rendition the creator (Mr. Higgins, the phonetic professor) and the creation (Liza Doolittle a.k.a. flower girl) do not really see eye to eye on some things. Like considerations, kindness, and respect. But have a curios relationship on one another. As I read this book i really did not have that great of a time reading it , for my taste it was a little bit confusing . I know when i got the chance to see bits of "My fair lady" I got parts of the play that I would not of gotten in the first place. So maybe you will like the movie better than the book, rather than liking the book better than the movie.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Pygmalion is a play about a phonetics professor teaching a commo

    Pygmalion is a play about a phonetics professor teaching a common flower girl how to speak and act  properly. It's a hilarious play with many comedic situations; I laughed through most of the play. However, it also has its serious moments, which are just as enjoyable as the comedic scenes. The characters are a pleasure to read about, whether it's because you love them or can't stand them. I found myself very intrigued by the characters as well as the plot in general; I always wanted to know what would happen next. 

    This play is a quick, fun read that I would recommend to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    As a child I loved Aubrey Hepburn┬┐s partial of the spirited Eli

    As a child I loved Aubrey Hepburn’s partial of the spirited Eliza Doolittle. I was engrossed with the music and constantly sang, “Wouldn’t it Be Lovely.” Reading the book, I was thrilled to find most of the dialogue from my childhood favorite in the book. This hilarious story is somewhat of a romance, but more of a comedy. The reader will find herself laughing, crying, and clicking their tongue in disgust at the colorful characters. Eliza’s transformation from a poor, uncultured street girl to a gorgeous “duchess” is breathtaking. This is a play worth the short time that it will take you to indulge in this humorous jab at old English society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Most books that I am required to read as a literature assignment

    Most books that I am required to read as a literature assignment I just slowly trudge through, without enjoying the story at all. Pygmalion, however, kept my attention the whole time! The unusual plot of the story gave off an exciting vibe, I couldn't put the book down! Shaw's portrayal of women's rights, I did not particularly agree with. As a woman myself, I found I was sympathizing with Eliza at times. I was amazed with the transformation Ms. Doolittle goes through in just six months. Pygmalion is comedic play that I would list as a "must read". 

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