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: 9780451526793
  • Publisher: Signet Classics
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Shakespeare, Signet Classic Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 293,327
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) - 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories and these works remain regarded as some the best work produced in these genres even today. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, John Heminges and Henry Condell, two friends and fellow actors of Shakespeare, published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's. It was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Shakespeare is hailed, presciently, as "not of an age, but for all time."

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the 19th century.

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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 January 9, 2013

    Ebook review.

    The paper versions of these editions are great, but the ebooks are not. The notes are at the bottoms of the pages on the paper versions. That format doesn't transfer well on Nook book since the page is not flows onto a different screen. So the notes can be pages away and interrupt the flow of the play's text. So far I have not found an annotated version that works properly. Stick to paper for now.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Ebook not useful.

    I purchased this but did not read it. When reading Shakespeare, I rely on the hyperlinked notes. The hyperlinks work, but the pages with the notes are solid black with no text. Ebook not usable. I will try to get my money back.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Play=great; supplemental materials=AWESOME

    Having performed "Taming of the Shrew" for a local college, I was already familiar with Shakespeare's ubiquitous Comedy of the Sexes. Reading this edition, not only was I pleasantly reminded of the genius of the Bard, but surprised by the depth and richness of the supplemental articles and information contained in this book. The footnotes and language clarifications are terrific, and the articles themselves (including the obligatory description of Elizabethan England and a cross reference of plays, films, and performance pieces inspired by "Shrew") are full and informative. Good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Shakespeare's Shrew

    This story is not one of a woman tamed, but of a passionate relationship between two equally matched, brilliant, and attractive people, who have an immediate attraction for one another. When Katharina agrees with Petruchio that the sun is a candle rush, she is not so much acquiescing as she is learning to be playful. She is becoming civilized and using her ample wit and passion in a more focused way. Her family had always given in to her bad temper and tantrums, but had not shown her love. Petruchio really loved and wanted her, and not just for her money. Initially he said that he was out for a rich bride, but after seeing her, he wanted her! She loved and wanted him, as evidenced by the fact that she cried when he was late to their wedding, not of broken pride, but of a broken heart. When he asked her to kiss him in the street, she did so, as an act of rebellion WITH him! In the end, her speech was very tongue in cheek, and she and Petruchio were playing the others. Chastising those who had chastised her so often gave her great pleasure. She was the most intelligent and respectful wife after all - because she was respected! The other wives were not as good as Kate, and certainly not as interesting! Petruchio had gotten the best woman, an equal in his eyes, and they had the utmost love and respect for each other. Shakespeare loved his women, and made all of them strong!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    ebook version

    This is terrible. The play is wonderful, but the way nook formats sucks. I have repeated pages and it's very difficult to find which ones I missing. I bought a nook because it came from an actual bookstore Vs. Kindle which comes from amazon. I assumed that because nook came from a bookstore thet would care about their ebooks. Now I have to purchase a hard copy of the book for school because this version is crap.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    excellent

    The Taming of the Shrew is one of the best Shakespeare's comedies. It is absolutely hilarious and, for once, the plot is fairly straightforward. Everyone should read this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!

    Awesome....!Beautiful....!Wonderful....!I really enjoy it.....!

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!

    Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Taming of the Shrew

    I had to read this book/play for my language arts class. At first I wasn't excited to read it at all, but I ended up loving it! It takes a little bit of work to understand but it is hilarious as well as the movie with Elizabeth Taylor. I truly think this was one of Shakespeare's best plays. I absolutely loved it, Katherine was my favorite character! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Haha

    Yaaaaaa innapropriate book

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Somewhat Chauvanistic, but funny

    The Taming of the Shrew is a very.....unique works. It is funny, and creative, but it contains too much suggestive material and it is very sexist. In the end, it is pathetic what Kate does. I mean, that is completely wrong, but the other places in the book it was very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    A Sexist Play

    'The Taming of the Shrew' wans't ment to be a sexist play. If it was written today, it would be. But since it was written in rennesance times, it was supposed to be a comedy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2002

    The Turning Point

    I never thought of Shakespear as enjoyable Reading material until I read 'The Taming of the Shrew'. I loved the book so much I fell on love with his writing style

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    Good book, or bad book that is the question...

    I didn't like the book in general. It starts out rocky and gets better towards the middle but the ending stinks! The conclusion of the book totally ruined the book for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    Great Book!!!

    Great book in which the annotated footnotes are outstanding. Easy to read and understand. Definitely a must for any true Shakespeare fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    If you haven't read this book yet, your missing out

    Shakespear is Awesome. Taming of the Shrew is a hilarious comedy. If you haven't read this book, you are missing out.

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