This book contains William Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew . The story revolves around Petrucio's attempts to court Katherina, who represents the 'strong-willed shrew'. At first, Katherina resists his advances but, after Petruchio's persistent and effective attempts at taming her, she unwillingly becomes a submissive bride. The play's apparent misogynistic elements have become the subject of considerable controversy in the present day; particularly among modern scholars, audiences and readers. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) was an English playwright, actor, and poet - considered to be the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's most celebrated dramatist. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly hard to come by and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of William Shakespeare.