The Taming of the Shrew: The Oxford Shakespeare

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One of Shakespeare's most rollicking and beloved comedies, The Taming of the Shrew was also one of his earliest, probably written about 1592. The introduction to this edition offers a full and original consideration of the play's textual problems, a study of sources, a survey of scholarship and criticism, with the editor's own critical appreciation, and a study of the comedy's fortunes in the theatre.

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Overview

One of Shakespeare's most rollicking and beloved comedies, The Taming of the Shrew was also one of his earliest, probably written about 1592. The introduction to this edition offers a full and original consideration of the play's textual problems, a study of sources, a survey of scholarship and criticism, with the editor's own critical appreciation, and a study of the comedy's fortunes in the theatre.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

A guide to reading "The Taming of the Shrew" with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199536528
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 532,224
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew 39
Pt. 2 Early Modern Debates 141
1 Alternative Endings 143
From The Taming of a Shrew 144
David Garrick, From Catharine and Petruchio 154
2 Marriage 160
A Homily of the State of Matrimony 169
Robert Snawsel, From A Looking Glass for Married Folks 184
T.E., From The Law's Resolutions of Women's Rights 195
3 The Household: Authority and Violence 200
John Dod and Robert Cleaver, From A Godly Form of Household Government 201
"A Woman's Work Is Never Done" 209
"The Woman to the Plow, And the Man to the Hen-Roost" 213
William Whately, From A Bride-Bush 222
William Gouge, From Of Domestical Duties: Eight Treatises 225
Thomas Becon, From A New Catechism Set Forth Dialogue-Wise in Familiar Talk Between the Father and the Son 232
William Gouge, From Of Domestical Duties: Eight Treatises 235
Of Masters' Maintaining Their Authority 235
Of Masters' Making Their authority to Be Despised 236
Of Masters' Too Great Rigor 237
Of Masters' Commanding Power, Restrained to Things Lawful 238
Of the Power of Masters to Correct Their Servants 239
Of the Restraint of Masters' Power: That It Reacheth Not to Their Servants' Life 240
Of the Masters' Excess in Correcting Servants 241
Of Masters' Ordering That Correction They Give to Their Servants 242
4 Shrews, Taming, and Untamed Shrews 244
"The Cruel Shrew" 244
A Merry Jest of a Shrewd and Curst Wife Lapped in Morel's Skin, for Her Good Behavior 254
"The Cucking of a Scold" 288
From The Tragical Comedy, or Comical Tragedy, of Punch and Judy 296
George Turberville, From The Book of Falconry or Hawking 309
Simon Latham, From Latham's Falconry 310
Matthew Hopkins, From The Discovery of Witches 314
John Sterne, From A Confirmation and Discovery of Witchcraft 315
Thomas Ady, From A Candle in the Dark 316
Thomas Harman, From A Caveat for Common Cursitors, Vulgarly Called Vagabonds 317
Thomas Heywood, From A Curtain Lecture 324
Bibliography 327
Index 337
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Hard to read

    This version is full of nonsensical symbols, making the play hard to follow. Quite a disappointment.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Books roll

    It was very good and I really liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    The best.

    One of my all time faves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    A daring, wild, and wickedly funny play..

    The Taming of the Shrew is Shakespeare at his sardonic and biting best. Combining love with diabolical humor and endless, bitter fighting between the angry, mean, but passionate Katherine and the loving, trustworthy, and intelligent Petruchio in Venice Italy, makes this his most ambitious, marvelous, and magnificent comedy ever. Rambunctiously comical, and touching tale told with sparkling talent.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    The Taming of the Shrew is Shakespeare's comedic play about the

    The Taming of the Shrew is Shakespeare's comedic play about the rough Petruchio trying to tame the shrew, Kate. The play is filled with trickery and deception as several characters decide to switch places to achieve their own ends and Petruchio uses harsh methods to tame Kate under the guise of concern for her. Petruchio finally tames Kate when he makes a bet with a few friends over whose wife is most obedient and Kate is the only one to answer her husband's call. The play is very entertaining and well worth the read.

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    Posted February 13, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    when Sheakspear Funny

    When Sheakpear was in the pool he said, "To pee or not to pee?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Amazing

    I never though I could like shakespeare until I read this book! I'm a big fan of his now and this is definately one of my favorite shakespeare's books! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Horrible!

    I cannot even read this...thing! It is inconsivable to even consider this a book. This is a play, not a joyfull story to read while sipping lemonade on the front porch!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    A classic of classics

    When drama goes hand in hand with comedy, a fantastic and peculiar pair enters the stage. It is quite difficult to achieve that strange feeling in which the reader is able to find pity in joy, as Shakespeare was able to do when writing his comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Baptista is stubborn to let his favourite and younger daughter Bianca get married after finding a suitor for the shrewish Katherina, his oldest daughter. As a consequence, a complicated mockery is carried out and anyone displays a true identity both literally and metaphorically. Besides the humorous joke and its funny characters, compassion is clearly shown. A classic that a reader will never forget. Furthermore than a simple play, Shakespeare also criticized the submissive role of women as well as the poor treatment of servants, always from a comic view, which is a useful way to understand the Elizabethan period, with its habits and customs. Although it may not be too realistic and the actions are sometimes extravagant to happen in true life, it does not let the reader get bored and he/ she will find that the book is easily and quickly read. Once again, a classic that everybody should read in order to start changing those problems that have persisted for ages: women¿s role in society and everyone¿s right to have a satisfactory treatment through injustice.

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