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The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

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The Taming of the Shrew remains one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. The loving "battle of the sexes" between its protagonists, Kate and Petruchio, is a theme of nearly universal relevance in Western literature. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on The

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The Taming of the Shrew remains one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. The loving "battle of the sexes" between its protagonists, Kate and Petruchio, is a theme of nearly universal relevance in Western literature. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on The Taming of the Shrew, including commentaries by such important critics as Samuel Johnson, George Bernard Shaw, Harold C. Goddard, Alice Meynell, and many others. Students will also benefit from the additional features in this volume, including an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of several key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, essays discussing the main currents of criticism in each century since Shakespeare's time, and more.

Editorial Reviews

"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
Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780563553915
Publisher:
Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/28/2000

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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.

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.

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The Taming Of The Shrew (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version is full of nonsensical symbols, making the play hard to follow. Quite a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a scanned version where the scanner didn't pick up the words properly. This version is unreadable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time faves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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