The Taming of the Shrew (Dover Thrift Editions)

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A rough-and-tumble farce centered around a lively battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew brims with action and bawdy humor. The unconventional romance between a lusty fortune-hunter and a bitter shrew unfolds to the accompaniment of witty, fast-paced dialogue and physical humor in this excellent introduction to Shakespearean comedy.
The freebooter Petruchio arrives in Padua to hear of Katharina, a beautiful heiress whose waspish rants and caustic personality have repelled...
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A rough-and-tumble farce centered around a lively battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew brims with action and bawdy humor. The unconventional romance between a lusty fortune-hunter and a bitter shrew unfolds to the accompaniment of witty, fast-paced dialogue and physical humor in this excellent introduction to Shakespearean comedy.
The freebooter Petruchio arrives in Padua to hear of Katharina, a beautiful heiress whose waspish rants and caustic personality have repelled all attempts at courtship. Professing to admire a woman of spirit, Petruchio immediately sets about his wooing. The initial encounter between "Kate" and her wily suitor is spiked with impassioned exchanges of blows as well as jests. After a madcap wedding ceremony, the still-protesting Kate is whisked away to be "killed with kindness" and reborn as a loving wife.
One of the Bard's earliest and most popular plays, The Taming of the Shrew is rife with subplots involving his customary devices of disguise and mistaken identity. The vivid language, studded with elaborate puns, is an engaging complement to the play's slapstick humor. Reprinted complete and unabridged in this inexpensive edition, The Taming of the Shrew will delight any reader with its wonderful wordplay and rollicking good spirits.
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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: 9780486297651
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/11/1997
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 261,664
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.26 (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 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.

    4 out of 4 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

    more from this reviewer

    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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