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The taming of the shrew
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1984]

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xiii, 190 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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An international team of scholars offers: * modernised, easily accessible texts * ample but unobtrusive academic guidance * attention to the theatrical qualities of each play and its stage history * informative illustations, including reconstructions of early performances

Author Notes

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 Grammar School.

At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry.

By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true.

Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play.

Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

A comedy and drama about strained marital relations get Yale's red-carpet treatment. Each volume contains an essay by Harold Bloom and other extras. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This valuable book "offers students historical avenues of approach to Shakespeare as well as Shakespearean avenues of approach to social history." Besides providing the complete text of The Taming of the Shrew (edited and copiously footnoted by David Bevington), Dolan (Miami Univ.) has collected a wide range of primary historical documents. For example, she offers excerpts from T.E.'s "The Law's Resolution of Women's Rights" (1632), Gouge's "Domestical Duties: Eight Treatises" (1634), and Whately's "Bride-Bush" (1623). This intertextual constellation interrogates the construction of gender in Renaissance culture and will foster heated debates about "marriage, women, and domesticity." Dolan makes these texts accessible by modernizing and standardizing spelling, punctuation, and paragraphs. Finally, this comprehensive literary storehouse includes seven pages of bibliographic information (primary and secondary sources), 16 illustrations, and insightful commentary introducing the book and accompanying the historical texts. This reviewer eagerly anticipates similar editions from this publisher. J. S. Carducci Winona State University



Join the bard at his bawdy best in one of his most popular comedies. Fearing that no man will marry his quick-tempered daughter Katherine, The wealthy Merchant Baptista declares that she must wed before her more likeable younger sister may. Attracted by Katherine's large dowry, Petruchio sets out to woo her, and to everyone's surprise finds her charming. The marriage is arranged and Petruchio sets about to tame his bride with ever more insidious tricks. Bianca meanwhile has no shortage of suitors, including the disguised Lucentio. Offering her his services as a tutor he hopes that closeness will lead to love. Not stopping at the wedding, Shakespeare also reflects on the institution of marriage, The rifts between men and women, And The rough journey toward love. The Taming of the Shrew brims with deception, disguise and delight. Excerpted from The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Abbreviations and conventions
Notes on the text
List of characters
The play
Textual analysis
Reading list

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