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Educating Rita (Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Willy Russell
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10 May 2009 Modern Classics
Educating Rita, about a working-class Liverpool girl's hunger for education, is 'simply a marvellous play, painfully funny and passionately serious; a hilarious social documentary; a fairy-tale with a quizzical, half-happy ending.' Sunday Times

Educating Rita premiered at the RSC Warehouse, London, in June 1980. Voted Best Comedy of 1980, it was subsequently made into a highly successful film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.

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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; New edition edition (10 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413767906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413767905
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Russell plays don't date, any more than Jane Austin novels- Rita is a universal figure: any of us in a time of transition, increasingly uncomfortable in our old world but, as yet, unproven in the new.' --Libby Purves, The Times, 28.07.10

'Willy Russell is a dramatistof exceptional warmth and humanity.' --Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard, 28.07.10

'Russell, too easily dismissed as a slavish populist, her seems a cherishably perceptive observer of the vagaries of social class and sexual politics.' --Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard, 28.07.10

About the Author

Willy Russell, born in Whiston near Liverpool, is one of the most popular and successful contemporary playwrights whose works are studied in schools and colleges. His plays include: One for the Road, Stags and Hens, Educating Rita, Blood Brothers and Shirley Valentine.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for A Level English! 26 Sep 2012
By Onyx
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Bought this version for my daughter - beware, it has been revised and updated and has sections of text and stage directions that are either different or missing, which is only made clear inside the book when you start to read it. This makes it difficult to use it for its purpose as a text to analyse in English. We will now need to buy the 'correct' version.

EDIT: This review has been posted by Amazon to the wrong book, it refers to the Methuen Modern Classics bright pink cover version ISBN 978-0-413-76790-5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educating Rita 20 Jun 2014
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This cheerful little story is a modern day version of Shaw's 'Pygmalion'. Originally it was a play.

Rita, a Liverpool lady in a working-class area, is determined to make something of herself and find out more about English literature. She enrols as a mature student and her tutor, a habitual drinker who's washed up, finds her refreshingly interesting compared to the usual kids in his lectures.

Rita's husband isn't sold on this new fancy stuff, and wants her to start having babies like all the other women. The tutor enjoys awakening Rita's enquiring mind to all the world of poetry, plays and prose. His enjoyment is spoiled when he realises that Rita has grown past the lectures he gives and can find out more from summer schools and her own classmates. The story is not a complete romance but ends on a note of change.

This was beautifully filmed in Dublin, with Trinity College and the rooms of the Literary and Historical Society featuring as well as night spots around the city.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining. 14 Feb 2014
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I had to read this as part of my AS English coursework and didn't really expect it to be any good. Some people in my class found it really boring but I thought it was a good read and made a change from the normal teen books I read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks 19 Oct 2013
By hornsey
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great price and perfectly adequate, there was no need for a new copy, so very satisfied with this one. My daughter needed it for college study.
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