The Taming of the Shrew (Arden Shakespeare, Second Series)

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This edition of The Taming of the Shrew provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical ...

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The Arden Shakespeare is the established scholarly edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays.

This edition of The Taming of the Shrew provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.

Offering a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary, the Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780174436430
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’ s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Books roll

    It was very good and I really liked it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    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! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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