The Taming of the Shrew by William ShakespeareThe Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorDr. Barbara A. Mowat, Paul Werstine

Mass Market Paperback | January 1, 2004

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Love and marriage are the concerns of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio’s marriage to Bianca is prompted by his idealized love of an apparently ideal woman. Petruchio’s wooing of Katherine, however, is free of idealism. Petruchio takes money from Bianca’s suitors to woo her, since Katherine must marry before her sister by her father’s decree; he also arranges the dowry with her father. Petruchio is then ready to marry Katherine, even against her will.

Katherine, the shrew of the play’s title, certainly acts much changed. But have she and Petruchio learned to love each other? Or is the marriage based on terror and deception?

The authoritative edition of The Taming of the Shrew from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:

-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

-Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases

-An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books

-An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Karen Newman

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Gra...
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Title:The Taming of the ShrewFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.8 inPublished:January 1, 2004Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:074347757x

ISBN - 13:9780743477574

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Taming of the Shrew Not my favorite play from Shakespeare but still an interesting one.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. We read this for English class, but I wasn't a huge fan of it!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great play, loved the theatrical rendition. Watching Katherina and her fits was one of the reasons I love this play.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this story! It is probably my favourite Shakespeare book that i have ever read! it's one of his comedies and it is quite funny.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite Shakesphere plays. I know that previous reviews have said they don't like it, but I have to disagree, it is one of my favourites. It was the first play i had read by him in the 8th grade and i really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. Quite confusing at times but overall one of my favourite plays.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good play I bought this book for my English class and the explanatory pages on the left are very helpful; they offer historical definitions and certain interpretations on passages that are more difficult. I did not like the plot very much but the literary elements I learnt with this play are considerable.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Helpful guide, terrible play As a reading companion, this book really helps the reader understand the different characters, language, and events in the story. But the play itself is terrible and one of Shakespeare's worst. I think it was really meant to be performed rather than read.
Date published: 2016-11-29