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The Taming of the Shrew Hardcover – Nov 5 2002

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (Nov. 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743452976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743452977
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,460,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 22 2015
Format: Paperback
"The Taming of the Shrew" is probably William Shakespeare's second most controversial play -- nobody can figure out if it's misogynistic or a biting double satire on the sexes. Whatever it is, it's still a witty and hilarious comedy that pits the titular "shrew" against a crazy guy determined to browbeat her into traditional subservience... and while they're no Beatrice and Benedick, it is lots of fun.

Framing device: a local lord and his hunting party stumble across a drunken tinker, and decide to play an elaborate prank on him. They dress him in rich clothes, arrange fine food for him, and even drag a protesting servant boy in to pretend to be his wife. And they put on a performance for him as well: Baptista Minola has two daughters, the hot-tempered razor-tongued Katharina and the quiet, demure Bianca.

Since Bianca is not allowed to marry until Katharina is, her suitors form an alliance to get the elder sister out of the way, which is made more complex when a young student named Luciento falls in love with Bianca, and comes up with a clever plan to woo her. Enter Petruchio, an impoverished nobleman with as sharp a wit as Katharina -- and since he's the only one willing to marry her, her father jumps on the chance. From the very beginning, Petruchio beats her over the head with crazy reverse psychology, a ridiculous wedding ceremony, and a honeymoon from hell.

It's often debated whether "The Taming of the Shrew" is a sexist play or not, since the strong-willed, independent Katharina ends up another little obedient wifie, lecturing the other wives on giving their husbands "love, fair looks and true obedience." Blech.
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Not the most readable layout Dec 8 2011
By Fiction Aficionado - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I did not actually buy this edition, because I downloaded the sample and decided that it would be too difficult to read. Download the sample and decide for yourself, but there are other versions out there that are much better typeset. Still, not the worst I've seen, hence two stars.
A Merry Romp on the Stage Oct. 18 2014
By Carol Angel - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
How can you not enjoy this 'merry romp' by Shakespeare? Sexist? A bit. But more about love and respect, even in an arranged marriage. Anyhow, it's nice to get it in an inexpensive, easy to read format.
"Excellent student resource" Feb. 8 2012
By Ema Solarova - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It's just the text of the play. Which is fine, but don't tell people it's "newly annotated edition-excellent student resource" when that just isn't there.
Interesting Jan. 14 2014
By lizzb92 - Published on
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This is an interesting play to read from Shakespeare and is in my top 15, definantly should be on everyone's book bucketlist
Five Stars May 6 2015
By Dot Day - Published on
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I don't dare review this!