The Oxford Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
Edited by H. J. Oliver
Published by Oxford University Press

Entertaining and thought-provoking, this influential tale of a fiery tempered woman and her suitor reflects the struggle for power within every couple. Published by Oxford University Press.

One of the most influential of Shakespeare’s plays, this early comedy has inspired numerous adaptations, from opera to television. Audiences and critics have wrangled over the ending, not only in modern times but ever since the play was first performed: Is it happy? Was Shakespeare being ironic? As the elder of two sisters, Katharina, sharp-tongued and even violent, must be married before sweet-natured Bianca. Despite the large dowry her father offers, none of Padua’s young men will risk marriage with a ’shrew’. Petruchio, however, is impressed by Katharina’s spirit and confident of his own ability to manage her temper. This comedy of relations between the sexes remains a highly entertaining exploration of the struggle for supremacy within every couple.

Printed on Caxton Wove Off-White paper
Bound in buckram with a printed paper label
Coloured endpapers
256 pages
Spine blocked in gold
Head and tail bands
8¾” x 5½”
Published by Oxford University Press

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