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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $15.00
  • June 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92707-8
  • 384 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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William Shakespeare (Author), Dympna Callaghan (Editor, Syracuse University)


This Norton Critical Edition of one of Shakespeare’s earliest and best-loved comedies is based on the First Folio (1623).

It is accompanied by “A Note on the Text” and detailed explanatory annotations.

“Sources and Contexts” provides three possible analogues to Shakespeare’s controversial, high-spirited play from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, George Gascoigne’s “Supposes,” and “A Merry Jest of a Shrewd and Curst Wife Lapped in Morel’s Skin.”

“Criticism” offers a wide range of scholarly commentary on The Taming of the Shrew’s in fifteen essays by Laurie Maguire, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Bernard Shaw, Natasha Korda, Frances Dolan, Lynda E. Boose, Harold Bloom, Patricia Parker, Shirley Nelson Garner, Juliet Dusinberre, Marea Mitchell, Karen Newman, E. M. W. Tillyard, and Jan Harold Brunvand.

“Rewritings and Appropriations” collects seven adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew from the last four centuries, by John Fletcher, David Garrick, Cole Porter, and Charles Marawitz.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.



    The Text of The Taming of the Shrew

    1. A Note on the Text

    Sources and Contexts

    1. Ovid, From Metamorphoses
    2. George Gascoigne, Supposes
    3. Anonymous, From A Merry Jest of a Shrewd and Curst Wife Lapped in Morel’s Skin, for Her Good Behavior


    1. Laurie Maguire, The Naming of the Shrew
    2. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Introduction to The Taming of the Shrew
    3. George Bernard Shaw, Letter to Pall Mall Gazette
    4. George R. Hibbard,The Taming of the Shrew: A Social Comedy
    5. Natasha Korda, Household Kates: Domesticating Commodities in The Taming of the Shrew
    6. Frances E. Dolan, Household Chastisements: Gender, Authority, and “Domestic Violence”
    7. Lynda E. Boose, Scolding Brides and Bridling Scolds: Taming the Woman’s Unruly Member
    8. Harold Bloom, The Taming of the Shrew
    9. Patricia Parker, Construing Gender: Mastering Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew
    10. Shirley Nelson Garner, The Taming of the Shrew: Inside or Outside of the Joke?
    11. Juliet Dusinberre, The Taming of the Shrew: Women, Acting, and Power
    12. Marea Mitchell, Performing Sexual Politics in The Taming of the Shrew
    13. Karen Newman, Renaissance Family Politics and Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew
    14. E.M.W. Tillyard, The Fairy-Tale Element in The Taming of the Shrew
    15. Jan Harold Brunvand, The Folktale Origin of The Taming of the Shrew

    Rewritings and Appropriations

    1. Anonymous, A Pleasant Conceited History, Called The Taming of a Shrew
    2. John Fletcher, The Tamer Tames; or, The Woman’s Prize
    3. John Lacey, Sauny the Scott; or, The Taming of the Shrew
    4. Charles Johnson, The Cobler of Preston
    5. David Garrick, Catharine and Petruchio
    6. Cole Porter, Kiss Me Kate
    7. Charles Marowitz, The Shrew

    Selected Bibliography