The Taming of the Shrew

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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 ...
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Overview

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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"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

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556857126
  • Publisher: Audio Book Contractors, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—their older daughter, Susanna, and the twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent, not in Stratford, but in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He had a successful career in London as a playwright and actor and was a shareholder in the acting company the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. He produced most of his plays between 1589 and 1613. Sometime between 1610 and 1613, Shakespeare is thought to have retired from the stage and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616.

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Table of Contents

Richard Hosley: Sources and Analogues of 'The Taming of the Shrew'
Maynard Mack: From Engagement and Detachment in Shakespeare's Plays
Germain Greer: From The Female Eunuch
Alexander Leggatt: From Shakespeare's Comedy of Love
Linda Bamber: Sexism and the Battle of the Sexes in 'The Taming of the Shrew'
Sylvan Barnet: 'The Taming of the Shrew' on the Stage and Screen

NEWLY ADDED ESSAYS:
Karen Newman: Missing Frames and Female spectacles
Camille Wells Slights: From Shakespeare's Comic Commonwealths

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    The best.

    One of my all time faves.

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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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  • 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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