"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
A comedy and drama about strained marital relations get Yale's red-carpet treatment. Each volume contains an essay by Harold Bloom and other extras. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"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
Children's Literature - Loretta Caravette
This is one in a series from "Graphic Shakespeare" adaptations. The chapter book is nicely organized with an introduction to the cast of characters in the beginning chapter followed by a brief description of where the story takes place. The story follows and is told in five acts/chapters. After the story there is a complete description of the plot, which might have worked better had they put it before the acts. There is information about William Shakespeare including additional works by him that have been adapted. A very brief summary about the illustrator and the adapted by author and a glossary for unfamiliar terms are at the end of the book. Unfortunately, the story, as written, is a little hard to follow. It will take the reader some time to get used to the ways of old English: "Marked you not how her sister began to scold and raise up such a storm that mortal ears might hardly endure the din?" The illustrations are okay but much of the art is covered by the conversation bubbles. The faces are not very engaging and the backgrounds bare. There are many fun adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew but this is not one of them. Reviewer: Loretta Caravette
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Renowned as Shakespeare's most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men -- the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio -- and the two sisters they meet in Padua. Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca's formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed. Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine -- against her will -- and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable works.