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Oxford University Press, USA
The Taming of a Shrew 1594

The Taming of a Shrew 1594

by William Shakespeare, Stephen Miller


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780197290361
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/14/1999
Series: Malone Society Series
Edition description: FAC
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsviii
Abbreviations and conventionsx
Date and theatrical context1
The Shrew in the context of Shakespeare's own work4
The Taming of the Shrew on stage17
Critical approaches25
Postscript: working on the play41
Recent textual, critical and stage interpretations42
Note on the text50
List of characters52
The Play54
Textual analysis163
1Passages from A Shrew183
2The staging of Induction 2189
3Music in the play and Hortensio's gamut (3.1.64-75)194
Reading list197

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