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The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
Fully annotated, with an Introduction, by Burton Raffel
With an essay by Harold Bloom
Copyright Date: 2005
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 224
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1npgrn
  • Book Info
    The Taming of the Shrew
    Book Description:

    In one of Shakespeare's bawdier comedies, contemporary audiences still take great pleasure in the rapid-fire verbal battles between the shrewish Katharina and the canny Petruchio, determined to subdue Katharina's legendary temper and win her dowry.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-13790-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. ABOUT THIS BOOK
    (pp. ix-xviii)
  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xix-xxxiv)

    Shakespeare’sThe Taming of the Shrewwas probably written in 1593–1594, just before Shakespeare turned thirty. It was not published until the Folio edition of 1623. What allows us to assign the play a more-or-less definite date is not this late publication, coming as it does some thirty years after the play’s debut, but the 1594 Quarto edition ofThe Taming of a[not “the”]Shrew,an anonymous and rather crude derivative, loosely based on what had been heard in the theater. This was what we today call a “rip-off ,” a commercially motivated project designed to capitalize on...

  5. SOME ESSENTIALS OF THE SHAKESPEAREAN STAGE
    (pp. xxxv-xxxviii)
  6. The Taming of the Shrew
    (pp. 1-154)

    SlyI’ll pheeze3you, in faith.4

    HostessA pair of stocks,5you rogue!6

    SlyY’are a baggage,7the Slys are no rogues. Look in the Chronicles,8we came in with Richard Conqueror.9Therefore, paucas pallabris,10let the world slide.11Sessa!12HostessYou will not pay for the glasses you have burst?

    SlyNo, not a denier.13Go by,14Saint Jeronimy,15go to thy cold bed and warm thee.

    HostessI know my remedy, I must go fetch the third-borough.16

    SlyThird, or fourth, or fifth borough, I’ll answer him17by law.18I’ll not budge an inch, boy.19Let him come,...

  7. AN ESSAY BY HAROLD BLOOM
    (pp. 155-164)

    The Taming of the Shrewbegins with the very odd two scenes of the Induction, in which a noble practical joker gulls the drunken tinker, Christopher Sly, into the delusion that he is a great lord about to see a performance of Kate and Petruchio’s drama. That makes their comedy, the rest ofThe Taming of the Shrew,a play-within-a-play, which does not seem at all appropriate to its representational effect upon an audience. Though skillfully written, the Induction would serve half a dozen other comedies by Shakespeare as well or as badly as it coheres with theShrew.Critically...

  8. FURTHER READING
    (pp. 165-170)
  9. FINDING LIST
    (pp. 171-174)