Pygmalion

Pygmalion

by Bernard Shaw
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Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw

A full cast performance featuring Michael Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Michael Hordern, and Donald Pleasence in Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Available on compact disc.

Written in 1912, Pygmalion quickly became a legend in its own time. The characters, situations, and dialogue Bernard Shaw supplies are rich, ebullient, and unmatched in wit as the infamous Henry Higgins prepares to "make a duchess of this draggletailed guttersnipe."

Thus begins this classic tale as Shaw pokes fun at smugness and priggish conventionality. Who can forget professor Henry Higgins with his passionate interest in the science of phonetics and the improvement of British speech, or of course, poor Eliza Doolittle, who is one of the great heroines of the 20th century?

Get ready to enjoy the greatest Shaw romp of them all as Higgins prepares to transform a common flower girl into a creature "the king of England would accept as royalty."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784010867
Publisher: Tribeca Press
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 572 KB

About the Author

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was one of the most prolific writers of the modern theater. He won the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Dan H. Laurence edited many of Shaw's works and is the series editor for the works of Shaw in Penguin Classics.

Nicholas Grene is professor of English literature at Trinity College in Dublin.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
In George Bernard Shaw¿s Pygmalion, the storyline centers around three main characters: Eliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins, and Colonel Pickering. Eliza Doolittle is a flower girl who gives herself to the tutelage of Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering to learn proper grammar and phonetics. Eliza can be characterized as a very sensitive and emotional person she seeks to be treated like a duchess by men. Her personality clashes with the personality of Professor Higgins in an extreme way. Professor Higgins is an arrogant, work-obsessed expert in phonetics who views Eliza simply as an experiment. He is a bachelor who has never found a place for women in his life due to his obsession with language. Colonel Pickering is a gentleman from India who is also an expert in language. He is more genteel than Higgins and treats Eliza with respect while maintaining a professional interest in her similar to that of Higgins. These three comprise the main action of the novel as Eliza learns speech of the upper class from them. She manages to pass herself off as a Hungarian princess at a formal party. This achievement gives credence to the efforts of Higgins and Pickering. After experiencing life in the upper class, Eliza settles for a lower class life with a suitor who loves her for what she is. After petty disputes, Eliza and Higgins remain friends in the time after. Other memorable characters include Mrs. Higgins who maintains an authoritative figure over her grown son and Mr. Doolittle who rises from a dustman to become a well-respected speaker in the community. I think that this is a good book because it shows that happiness can be achieved without wealth and fame. I highly recommend it due to its emphasis on grammatical and phonetic correctness, a dying art in this time period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Pygmalion to be a charming novel full of wit and feeling. Eliza Doolittle becomes empowered through self-respect, not the love of a man. Though Professor Henry Higgins altered her mannerisms and speech, it was ultimately Eliza’s inner strength that made her a lady. Her realization that before the glamorous dresses and elaborate diction, she was the girl she wished to be inevitably gave her a new sense of independence and self-respect. “Pygmalion” is not merely a play about turning an impoverished flower girl into a duchess, but one about turning a defensive and insecure girl into a confident, strong, and independent woman, through means unforeseen until the very end. It was not the glamorous transformation, but the inner sense of self-worth that changed Eliza for the better. For once the heroine does not fall for the hero, and instead makes her own independent and love-filled ending. All in all, I found George Bernard Shaw's play to be enjoyable and meaningful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was in second grade, one of my grandmother's friends gave this book to me as a birthday present. I read it that year and have been reading it ever since. I am obsessed. I have 5 versions of the play, an illustrated classic, the movie, and the soundtrack. ( My Fair Lady ) In am in fifth grade and Eliza Doolittle is one of my favorite characters of all time. The story has effected me in more ways that I can count. So loverly. There is one version that I have of the MUSICAL. have no idea how my mother found it, but it is the entire thing with the songs and the lyrics. It is one of my most prized posessions. My favorite songin the musical is... I Could Have Danced All Night. It is so beautiful. The enchanting Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison captured the role of Eliza and Professor Higgins beautifully. Then later, the fabulous Audrey Hepburn took the role of Eliza in the film version of brilliant Bernard's play. It's no wonder why Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn were chosen for the role of Mrs. Doolittle they are so talented and where absolutely perfect for the role.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just long enough for my taste in plays. Easy read. Last segment is windy, but necessary to conclude right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crisp copy that had everything you needed for the piece of work. It was an assignment, so not my personal favorite read, but the seller got it to me on time and in great condition. Thank you!
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I HAVE READ THIS BOOK PYGMALION MEENY YEARS WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.WHAT EVER RESEAN I HAVE NOT COMPLEAT READING THIS BOOK,NOW IHAVE TOO BUY THIS BOOK AT BARNES AND NOBELS.ITS A GREAT BOOK,
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likesgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
Is there a lot in this play! Great characters, nuances, commentary on the English and their class system... some funny comments and a lot more.
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I loved reading and devouring this book. At first, I saw the chance to read Pygmalion as a dull and monotone way of absorbing information during the two month summer. However, the book was easily read with addictive characters, inspiring feats, and unexcpected romance. I hope that people will look past the fact that they were assigned to read the book and enjoy it as much as I had cherished it. I would definitely recomend to readers with the love of English. Otherwise, they might find it dull.
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