The Taming of the Shrew (The New Cambridge Shakespeare series) / Edition 2

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Overview

Ann Thompson has added new sections to the Introduction of this new edition which describe the "deeply problematic" nature of debates about the play and its reception since the 1980s. She discusses recent editions and textual, performance and critical studies. First Edition Hb (1984): 0-521-22195-1 First Edition Pb (1984): 0-521-29388-X

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Taming of the Shrew" is one Shakespeare's finest comedic efforts. It is the tale of Lucentio who is in love with Bianca, unfortunately Bianca already has two other suitors and her father will not let her marry until her older ill-tempered sister, Katherine, is married. The second problem is remedied when Petruchio comes to town in search of a wife. Only interested in her money, Petruchio marries Katherine and returns with her to his country house to "tame" her, a task that Petruchio is soon to discover is easier said than done
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"Thompson makes admirable use of the play's stage history to show that its depiction of the woman-tamer has always disturbed people. Hers remains the introductory essay I would most want my students to read." English

"A radically fresh and challenging view of the play." The Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521532495
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: The New Cambridge Shakespeare
  • Edition description: Updated edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, Chair of the Folger Institute, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare's Romances and of essays on Shakespeare's plays and on the editing of the plays.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at King's College and the Graduate School of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the author of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare's plays and was Associate Editor of the annual Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England from 1980 to 1989.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, with new section on recent stage and critical interpretations; Note on the text; List of characters; The play; Textual analysis; Appendixes: Passages from A Shrew; The staging of Induction 2; Music in the play; Reading list.

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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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